Why Michigan-Nebraska football should be must-see TV
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Is the Nebraska-Michigan game going to be televised? — Brent Whiteley, via Facebook
Nebraska-Michigan easily is one of the more intriguing matchups in college football and in the Big Ten, so this should be a televised game. Neither a network or a kickoff time has been announced for the Sept. 22 game in Ann Arbor; anticipate that announcement to come either closer to the season or even within a week of the game.
Here are a few reasons why this game will be a must-watch for Wolverines fans, for Huskers fans and for college football fans.
It’s a matchup of two of college football’s blue bloods, but it’s the first meeting between the Huskers and the Wolverines in five years. The infrequent matchups are a product of the Big Ten scheduling rotation. There’s no way to squeeze in every opponent, every year, with the limits of a nine-game conference schedule.
Huskers coach Scott Frost is familiar with the Wolverines. He’ll face Michigan for the second time in three years as a coach. Michigan defeated Frost’s UCF team in 2016 at Michigan Stadium, but few Michigan fans can forget Frost’s post-Orange Bowl campaign in January 1998, in which he lobbied for the Huskers to earn a share of the national championship. The Wolverines won the 1997 Associated Press national championship, while Nebraska won the 1997 USA Today Coaches Poll championship.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, meanwhile, will face Nebraska for the first time in more than 30 years. He led the Wolverines to a 27-23 win against the Huskers in the Fiesta Bowl in January 1986.
Despite being two of college football’s heralded programs, Michigan and Nebraska have a short history. The two programs have met only nine times since 1905, and they head into the game in September tied 4-4-1 in the all-time series. Nebraska won the last meeting, 17-13, in 2013 at Michigan Stadium.
After the meeting this fall in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines and the Huskers will resume the rivalry Oct. 30, 2021, in Lincoln, Neb. No word yet on whether that will be televised.
Here’s Michigan’s 2018 television schedule, so far (all times Eastern):
Sept. 1 at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC
Sept. 8 vs. Western Michigan, noon, FOX Sports 1
Sept. 15 vs. SMU, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Oct. 20 at Michigan State, time TBA, FOX Sports 1 or FOX
Nov. 24 at Ohio State, noon, FOX
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