LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Football team will open the 2021 season in Ireland against the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The game will not only kick off the Huskers season, it will kick off the entire College Football season. The game will be played at Aviva Stadium on August 28.
The matchup is part of a five-game series titled "The Aer Lingus College Football Classic at Aviva Stadium." The first game is in 2020 when Navy takes on Notre Dame. Nebraska was originally scheduled to face Illinois on November 13, 2021. The game in Ireland will be the Huskers' first game outside of America since they faced Kansas State in Tokyo back in 1992.
"Playing a game in Ireland provides another way to spread the Nebraska brand, and in this case on an international stage,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “We are always looking for new scheduling opportunities and when this was presented, Coach Frost and I decided this would be an experience of a lifetime for the student-athletes in our program. This will also be a great trip for our fans, and knowing how Husker fans travel it will be great to see Dublin, Ireland turned red.”
Nebraska also announced the completion of its 2021 schedule on Monday. After moving a game with Northern Illinois from 2021 to 2027, the Huskers scheduled FCS program Southeastern Louisiana on the original Illinois game date. (November 13.)
The Big Ten also announced Monday that the Nebraska game vs Indiana on October 26th will kick off at 2:30 and be televised on BTN.
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