Nebraska kicks off its 2017 slate with a challenging non-conference slate, getting all three non-Big Ten games out of the way in the first three weeks of the season. That nine-game league schedule makes marquee series more difficult to line up, but the Cornhuskers skirt that nicely by flying to Oregon this season, after hosting the Ducks last season.
Home tilts with Arkansas State and Northern Illinois are by no means cakewalks, but Mike Riley and the Huskers do get some good news, bad news as it relates to crossover opponents from the Big Ten East this year. They do get both the defending Big Ten champions (Penn State) and a College Football Playoff participant (Ohio State), but Nebraska also draws Rutgers this season too.
2017 Nebraska Cornhuskers Schedule
Bye: Week 8
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