Published Thursday, July 11, 2013 AT 9:25 AM / Updated at 10:45 AM
Husker football schedules released for 2016, 2017
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

The first two years of the Big Ten’s nine-game conference schedule have been finalized.

In 2016, the Huskers will play at Indiana, at Ohio State and host Maryland. In 2017, they’ll have home games against Rutgers and Ohio State while also traveling to Penn State.

Here’s the full conference schedules for the Huskers in 2016 and 2017…

2016 Schedule

Oct. 1: Illinois
Oct. 8: at Northwestern
Oct. 15: at Indiana
Oct. 22: Purdue
Oct. 29: at Wisconsin
Nov. 5: at Ohio State
Nov. 12: Minnesota
Nov. 19: Maryland
Nov. 25: at Iowa

2017 Schedule

Sept. 23: Rutgers
Sept. 30: at Illinois
Oct. 7: Wisconsin
Oct. 14: Ohio State
Oct. 28: at Purdue
Nov. 4: Northwestern
Nov. 11: at Minnesota
Nov. 18: at Penn State
Nov. 24: Iowa

The league announced in April that it would move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016 and 2017. Based on the new East-West division alignment, we already knew six of Nebraska’s opponents for those years — Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota, Purdue and Iowa. Now, the other three have been revealed.

Some thoughts…

>> Nebraska still has four non-conference games on the schedule for 2016 (home games against Fresno State, Tennessee and Wyoming, and a neutral site match-up against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field). One of those has to go, to make room for these nine league games. The latest from the athletic department is that the re-arranging process is still ongoing.

>> Road trips to Ohio State and Wisconsin — arguably the two toughest venues in the league — on back-to-back weekends in 2016??? Umm, yeah. That’ll be fun for Bo Pelini and Co.

>> The Huskers’ regular season finales against Iowa are listed to be played on Nov. 25, 2016, and Nov. 24, 2017. Both are Fridays.

>> Conference games in mid-September? That Nebraska-Rutgers matchup in 2017 is set for Week 4. The Huskers have a home game against Northern Illinois (Sept. 2) and a road trip to Tennessee (Sept. 9) in the books already. Nothing for Sept. 16 just yet.

>> Cherish this fall’s Nebraska-Michigan game at The Big House because it will be at least four seasons before the two iconic football brands meet in the regular season again. … Nebraska and Penn State will take a three-year break from playing one another in the regular season before facing off in 2017.

>> Just in case you needed a reminder, below are the 2014 and 2015 conference schedules for the Huskers (still just eight conference games).

2014: Illinois, at Michigan State, at Northwestern, vs. Rutgers, vs. Purdue, at Wisconsin, vs. Minnesota, at Iowa

2015: at Illinois, vs. Wisconsin, at Minnesota, vs. Northwestern, at Purdue, vs. Michigan State, at Rutgers, vs. Iowa

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.