The Big Ten unveiled Nebraska's conference schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The final tally: 10 games against 2020-21 NCAA tournament teams, nine of which will come during conference play.
With 62 days until the Huskers begin their season by hosting Western Illinois, here are three takeaways from Nebraska’s league schedule.
Nebraska plays six games against the four other Big Ten teams that finished last season with a losing record. The Huskers face Northwestern and Indiana twice and Penn State and Minnesota once. Easy wins don’t exist in the Big Ten, especially for a program that has won 14 games over the past two seasons. But these games represent Nebraska’s best chances to improve on their 3-16 conference record in 2020.
Big Ten teams that Nebraska plays twice this season: Indiana, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers and Iowa. That’s four of the top six teams from last year’s conference standings, and Rutgers won a game in the NCAA tournament last season. The schedule gods did Nebraska no favors here.
Tough start to December
The Huskers will play five consecutive Power 5 opponents to start December. Sandwiched between their Big Ten-ACC challenge game against N.C. State (Dec. 1) and a non-conference matchup vs. Kansas State (Dec. 19) are Big Ten games against Indiana (Dec. 5) and Michigan (Dec. 7) and the Holiday Hoopsgiving game against Auburn (Dec. 11) in Atlanta. Three of those games are on the road or at a neural site. Nebraska should fatten its record against mid-major teams in November, but we’ll learn a lot more about this roster during the first 19 days of December.