On Thursday, the Nebraska Cornhuskers announced a four-game series with former rival Colorado. The Huskers and Colorado were end-of-season rivals after the Big Eight was joined by part the Southwest Conference and became the Big 12. Colorado replaced Oklahoma to become the regular Black Friday game against the Huskers. When Nebraska joined the B1G the Iowa Hawkeyes became the Huskers Black Friday rival.
Nebraska will renew its rivalry on the gridiron with a long-time Big Eight and Big 12 opponent, as the Huskers have signed a contract to play four games against the University of Colorado between 2018 and 2024.
The border rivals will first meet in Lincoln on Sept. 8, 2018, before a return matchup in Colorado on Sept. 7, 2019. Colorado will also play host to the Huskers on Sept. 9, 2023, with the Buffs returning to Memorial Stadium for a matchup on Sept. 7, 2024.
The games with Colorado will be the first in the series since both schools left the Big 12 Conference following the 2010-11 athletic season, with Nebraska moving to the Big Ten Conference and Colorado to the Pac-12 Conference. The teams last met in the regular-season finale in 2010, and that meeting marked the 63rd consecutive year the two schools had met on the gridiron.
“There is a lot of great history between Nebraska and Colorado on the football field, so I think this will be an outstanding series for both schools,” Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini said. “I think our fans will enjoy the matchups, particularly those in Western Nebraska who can make the short drive out to the games in Colorado.”
Overall, Nebraska holds a 49-18-2 advantage in the all-time series between the schools, including a 26-8 record against the Buffs in Lincoln. Nebraska won the final three meetings against Colorado from 2008 to 2010, and owns a 15-4 record against CU since 1992.
While its nice for Nebraska to compete against its old Big Eight brethren this moves also helps Bo Pelini recruit in the Centennial State. While Colorado is not as populated as recruiting hot-spots like Texas or Florida, it is the most populated state surrounding the state of Nebraska. Since, Nebraska is the only B1G school in proximity to Colorado it should have a bit of a recruiting advantage. Plus, Colorado’s stadium is baller.