Nebraska closes the Big Ten schedule Friday afternoon and on the road.
The Huskers’ “Champions Week” game is Friday at 3 p.m. at Rutgers, the school announced Sunday afternoon.
The game will air on Big Ten Network.
Rutgers under first-year head coach Greg Schiano has won three games, including Saturday against Maryland.
The match will also feature an intriguing reunion. Former Nebraska quarterback and Wahoo native Noah Vedral is the starter for Rutgers, so he might get a chance to play against his old team. However, he was injured in Saturday’s win so his status for the game is unclear.
It will be the second time this season the Huskers have played on a Friday, joining a Nov. 27 loss at Iowa.
Nebraska, of course, has played seven of its eight scheduled “regular season” games, going 2-5. Most recently, the Huskers lost Saturday at home to an understaffed Minnesota team that hadn’t played in 22 days due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the program.
Sunday morning playing in a bowling game seemed unlikely for Nebraska, but it’s not impossible. The Big Ten has a maximum of seven playoff berths and now seven teams have at least three wins. It’s possible every team in the conference won’t even want to play a postseason game, but right now the most likely outcome is for Nebraska’s season to end on Friday.