The Nebraska football team is now tentatively scheduled to kick off its 2020 season on September 5th at Rutgers. 

The Big Ten released revised football schedules for its schools yesterday, with the season starting as early as Labor Day weekend.  The plan is for each Big Ten club to play a 10-game conference-only schedule. 

However, due to COVID-19, the conference says the schedules are constructed to maximize flexibility.  The league says the start of the season could be moved back as late as September 26th and games can be collapsed into bye weeks – of which there are two on NU’s schedule, October 17th and November 7th. 

If the season goes off without a hitch, the Huskers will have five home games against Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State and Michigan State.  Besides the opener at Rutgers, Nebraska will visit – in order – Iowa, Ohio State, Northwestern and Purdue.  

Meantime, NCAA President Mark Emmert tells the Associated Press that whether college sports – and more specifically major college football – can play through the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be determined on a school-by-school basis.  In fact, on the same day the Big Ten released its revised football schedule for 2020, UConn canceled its football season.