Nebraska and Tennessee officials announced that the dates of the future games between the schools have been changed to accommodate a requested schedule change from Tennessee. The games originally scheduled between the Huskers and Tennessee in 2016 and 2017 have been pushed back a decade. Nebraska and the Vols will now meet in the 2026 and 2027 seasons.
The Huskers will play host to Tennessee on Sept. 12, 2026, and travel to Knoxville and Neyland Stadium on Sept. 11, 2027. The games will be the first-ever regular-season matchups between the schools. Nebraska won the only two previous matchups in the series, defeating Tennessee in the 1998 Orange Bowl and the 2000 Fiesta Bowl.
With the change in dates of the future matchups with Tennessee, Nebraska announced on Monday it has agreed to a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017 with the University of Oregon. The date of a 2016 matchup with Wyoming has also been moved to accommodate the changes.
“This is a win-win scenario,” Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “The University of Tennessee asked for scheduling relief, and we were able to add the University of Oregon, a perennial top-25 program, to our non-conference schedule as we roll into the College Football Playoff era. This should be a great series, not only for our football programs, but for the tremendous fans of both schools.”
The Huskers and Ducks will square off in Lincoln on Sept. 17, 2016. Nebraska will travel to Oregon’s Autzen Stadium for the second game in the series on Sept. 9, 2017. The matchups will be the first between the schools since Oregon traveled to Lincoln in 1985 and 1986, with Nebraska winning both of those contests. The two schools have met six times overall, with Nebraska holding a 5-1 advantage in the series.
The Huskers are scheduled to match up with a power conference opponent in non-conference play each season from 2014 to 2027, beginning with a home-and-home series with Miami in 2014 and 2015. In addition to Oregon and Tennessee, Nebraska will also face Colorado (2018, 2019, 2023, 2024), Cincinnati (2020, 2025) and Oklahoma (2021, 2022).