It will be an early start to Nebraska’s annual Homecoming game, as the Big Ten Conference announced the start times for this year’s Homecoming games on Thursday. Nebraska’s Homecoming matchup with Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 5, will kickoff at 11 a.m. (Central), with television to be announced at a later date.
The 2013 season will mark the 103rd Homecoming game for the Husker football program, as Nebraska is 76-22-4 all-time in homecoming games, including 2-0 as a member of the Big Ten. Last year, the Huskers rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to defeat Wisconsin, 30-27. Nebraska is 4-1 in Homecoming games under Bo Pelini.
The 2013 matchup with Illinois will be Nebraska’s first contest with the Fighting Illini since a Husker victory in Champaign in 1986. Nebraska holds a 7-2-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 5-1 mark in Lincoln. This will mark Illinois’ second trip to Lincoln since 1925, and first since a 52-25 Husker win in 1985.