The Oregon Ducks and Nebraska Cornhuskers have scheduled a home-and-home series beginning with the 2016 season, according to Mitch Sherman of ESPN.
“This is a win-win scenario,” Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement. “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 nonconference 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.”
Eichorst mentions the College Football Playoff era, when teams’ respective strength of schedules will be heavily weighted. The Big Ten has already announced that its programs will no longer be scheduling any FCS-level teams. It will also move to a nine-game conference slate as well.
This means the Huskers will have to play a Ducks team that will presumably be a national powerhouse, as well as one extra Big Ten team.
If they win them all, it will be tough to keep Nebraska out of the playoffs. The same goes for the Ducks with regards to the game and its Pac-12 schedule.
To accomodate the matchup, Nebraska also announced that its meetings with Tennessee have been pushed all the way back to 2026-2027.
The 2016 game will be the first between the two nationally-viable programs since 1986.