Published Thursday, July 18, 2013 AT 3:25 PM / Updated at 3:58 PM
Nebraska cancels 2016 game at Soldier Field
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

It was thought to be inevitable the moment that the Big Ten announced that the conference would move to a nine-game league schedule in 2016.

The Huskers had to drop at least one of their four previously scheduled non-conference games — they couldn’t play 13. And since they only had four Big Ten home games that year, the logical (and fiscally prudent) choice was to keep the three contests at Memorial Stadium and ditch the neutral site game.

So Nebraska’s 2016 date with Northern Illinois at Soldier Field is no more. Matchups in Lincoln with Fresno State, Tennessee and Wyoming remain.

Instead, the Huskers and Huskies will play four times in a six-year span at Memorial Stadium beginning in 2017.

>> Nebraska also confirmed that it will play two games against Cincinnati, starting with a match-up on Sept. 12, 2020 in Lincoln. The Bearcats will host NU on Sept. 13, 2025.

>> As part of the Husker-Cincy agreement, the two schools’ basketball teams will play twice. In Cincinnati this year. At Pinnacle Bank Arena in the 2014-15 season.

Below is a look at Nebraska’s non-conference football schedules (Note: In even-numbered years, the Huskers will have only four Big Ten home games, so you can expect to see all three of their non-conference contests in Lincoln during those seasons)…

2013: Wyoming, Southern Miss, UCLA, South Dakota State
2014: Florida Atlantic, McNeese State, at Fresno State, Miami
2015: BYU, South Alabama, at Miami, Southern Miss
2016: Fresno State, Tennessee, Wyoming
2017: Northern Illinois, at Tennessee
2018: Colorado
2019: South Alabama, at Colorado, Northern Illinois
2020: Cincinnati
2021: Northern Illinois, at Oklahoma
2022: Oklahoma
2023: at Colorado, Northern Illinois
2024: Colorado
2025: at Cincinnati

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: He welcomes feedback.