Nebraska will kick off a three-game series with Northern Illinois with a neutral site game at Soldier Field on Sept. 24, 2016. Northern Illinois will visit Lincoln on Sept. 2, 2017, in a season-opening game, and the Huskies will also travel to Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14, 2019.
"This should be a great series, not only for both football programs, but for Husker fans as well," Nebraska Associate Athletic Director for Football Jeff Jamrog said in a statement. "Northern Illinois has a record that speaks for itself over the past few years, particularly with qualifying for a BCS bowl this year. Our fans have the opportunity to go to Chicago and see a game at Soldier Field, and also get to see an outstanding opponent come to Lincoln twice."
The 2016 game in Chicago completes Nebraska's non-conference schedule for that season. The Huskers will open the year with home games against Fresno State (Sept. 3), Tennessee (Sept. 10) and Wyoming (Sept. 17), before taking on Northern Illinois. Nebraska is also scheduled to open Big Ten play on Oct. 1, 2016, at Northwestern, meaning Nebraska plays back-to-back games in the Windy City.
Nebraska will be getting a formidable opponent in Northern Illinois.
Northern Illinois owns a 12-1 record in 2012, and will play in the Orange Bowl against Florida State on Jan. 3. The Huskies' only loss this season was a one-point setback against Iowa in the season opener at Soldier Field. The Huskies have won at least 11 games in each of the past three seasons, and have appeared in a bowl game in six of the past seven seasons.
The 2017 game against Northern Illinois is the second game on the non-conference schedule that season, including a Sept. 9 trip to Tennessee. The 2019 game against the Huskies gives Nebraska two scheduled non-conference games in that season, adding to a previously home game with South Alabama (Aug. 31).
Nebraska also announced that it has completed its 2014 non-conference schedule with the addition of a Sept. 6 game against McNeese State.