Published Thursday, February 23, 2012 AT 10:47 AM / Updated at 6:56 PM
Football: Nebraska adds Idaho State, BYU, FAU, South Alabama to future schedules
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

The final game for Nebraska’s 2012 schedule has been announced: Idaho State will come to Lincoln Sept. 22, with time and TV information to follow at a later date.

NU also announced a whole slew of other games Thursday:

>> Florida Atlantic (Aug. 30, 2014)
>> BYU (Sept. 5, 2015)
>> South Alabama (Sept. 12, 2015, Aug. 31, 2019)

The Bengals, an FCS/Division 1-AA team that plays in the Big Sky Conference, finished 2-9 last year, losing 64-21 to Washington State and 56-3 to BYU.

In 2009 and 2010, ISU finished 1-10. In 2008, 1-11.

Idaho State also participated in one of the most hideously lopsided games in recent Division I FBS history with a 64-0 loss to Oklahoma in 2009, played in a rainstorm, in which the Sooners outgained the Bengals 564-44.

Which other FCS team had an open date Sept. 22 for a potential game with Nebraska? National champ North Dakota State.

The BYU rumors have been out there for a long time. The Cougars are independent in football, armed with an ESPN contract and looking for any and all comers. BYU finished 10-3 last year, won the national title in 1984 and have long been home to some of the nation’s most polished pro-style quarterbacks.

Florida Atlantic just hired Carl Pelini as its head coach. You know the story there. Lots of potential, not a lot of money, needs direction after the retirement of Howard Schnellenberger.

South Alabama is like FAU once was — a football startup headed straight for FBS. The Jaguars finished 17-0 in their first two years, playing whoever had a slot — prep schools, military academies — before switching over in 2011 and finishing 6-4. They’ll play in the Sun Belt.  Here’s a good story on South Alabama’s coach Joey Jones.

Here’s the completed 2012 non-conference schedule:
Sept. 1 Southern Mississippi
Sept. 8 at UCLA
Sept. 15 Arkansas State
Sept. 22 Idaho State

And the completed 2015 non-conference schedule:
Sept. 5 BYU
Sept. 12 South Alabama
Sept. 19 at Miami
Sept. 26 Southern Mississippi

Dates still remain for: 2014 (one game), 2016 (one game), 2017 (three games), 2018 (four games) and 2019 (three games).


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  1. knapplc says:

    I think we have a really good shot at beating these guys.

    1. Seth says:

      As long as we cut out the turnovers. If we give them the ball 5 or 6 times who knows?

    2. Fact Checker says:

      $56 to see Idaho State?
      The $10 Spring Game is a better attraction.

  2. ATX HUSKER says:

    Please Bo, just start the 2nd string. Also, why would a team from Idaho be called the Bengals? Is that a unique potato variety?

    1. Mike Caramba says:

      How many Bengals live in Cincinnati? How many bears live in Chicago? How many kangaroos live in Akron?

    2. Shane Stankowski says:

      For the same reason a team in Alabama is called the Jaguars, and the same reason Lincoln North Star is called the Gators: a team’s mascot does NOT necessarily need to be based on geographical proximity.

      1. Tom says:

        The gator is derived from Navigator.

  3. Bill says:

    I think going into the Big Ten schedule this team will be tested. Southern Mississippi, UCLA (yes), and Arkansas State are pretty good teams. Idaho State not so much. But no apologies for scheduling this team this late in the process.

  4. Joe in L-town says:

    I’m fine with the scheduling….UCLA was a better BCS program when they were initially contracted to play the game, so that’s the top tier non-conf team. Then Southern Miss beat the Huskers in 2004, that’s a good mid-level game. Arkansas State proved they have some players this past season, so for a “cupcake” they will be a tad bit tougher.

    Who gives a crap if they don’t play North Dakota State instead? There is nothing to discuss. At least Cotton should look like he can coach when playing Idaho State. If his line doesn’t dominate (like against SDSU), then prob should be fired on the spot.

    1. Mosier says:

      There you go again. Did he run over your dog?

      1. Joe in L-town says:

        Dude, you can love and defend Cotton all you want. I guess he just needs more time like the former Doc supporters used to say. Nothing has changed.

  5. Biff in NOLA says:

    I think NU should play Tulane in the Superdome (New Orleans). It has all the necessary ingrediants:
    1. Nice road trip (not too far).
    2. Nice venue.
    3. Nice city.
    4. Easy opponent.
    5. 15 minute drive for me!

    Someone call T.O. and Jamrog.
    Let’s make this happen!

  6. Roy says:

    Really? Is there really an Idaho State? Do they have the same number of conference championships as we do in the last 10 years? Did we beat them in the recruiting department? Do we need to worry?

    1. kevin says:

      Come on Roy !!!! why so negative ? let’s all hold hands and forgive…

  7. MadMax says:

    Hide the women..Carl’s comming back to Nebraska.

    1. paul says:


  8. Mormons for Nebraska says:

    As a native Nebraskan and a BYU grad, I can’t wait for 2015! Best road trip in school history. Rise and shout / go big red!

  9. Gerald Jensen says:

    It will be fun to watch BYU give Nebraska a beatdown in 2015.