The Nebraska Cornhuskers begin an abbreviated 2020 season on Saturday when the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the fifth-ranked and defending Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes.
Nebraska, which is playing its latest season opener in more than 125 years, is scheduled to play a nine-game, conference-only schedule. NU will take on all six Big Ten West opponents in addition to crossover contests with Big Ten East opponents Ohio State and Penn State. The ninth game will be part of “Big Ten Champions Week” where all seven Big Ten games will be cross-divisional matchups between teams in similar standings in the East and West divisions, including the Big Ten Championship Game.
Saturday’s season opener marks Nebraska’s first game in 330 days, dating back to Black Friday last year. The stretch of 330 days without a game is the second-longest in school history, trailing only the 331 days between the 1892 and 1893 seasons. Saturday’s game also pits two of college football’s historical powers against each other. Nebraska and Ohio State are two of the seven college football programs who have won 900 games, and Saturday’s contest will be just the eighth meeting in college football history between 900-win programs.
Ohio State defeated Nebraska 48-7 in Lincoln last year, but the Huskers were competitive in their last trip to the Horseshoe. In 2018, Nebraska led by five at halftime before falling 36-31 to the eighth-ranked Buckeyes. That game marks the last time Ohio State has trailed at any point in the second half at home.
Scott Frost begins his third season as Nebraska’s head coach on Saturday. Frost, the 2017 national coach of the year, is 9-15 in his first two seasons with nine losses by seven or fewer points, including eight by five or fewer points.
Ohio State holds a 7-1 all-time edge in the series, including a 5-1 advantage since Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference in 2011.
• The schools are meeting for the fifth straight season and will meet again next year in Lincoln before taking a break from the series in 2022.
• Nebraska won the first matchup between the schools as Big Ten opponents, a 34-27 win at Memorial Stadium in 2011, the Huskers’ first-ever Big Ten home game. Nebraska rallied from a 27-6 deficit to post its first Big Ten victory, marking the largest comeback in school history.
• With Ohio State ranked No. 5 in this week’s Associated Press poll, the Buckeyes have been ranked no lower than 12th in the past six meetings between the schools and in the top 10 in each of the past five matchups.
• In Scott Frost’s lone trip to Columbus in 2018, Nebraska fell to No. 8 Ohio State 36-31. The five-point setback marks the only home game the Buckeyes have failed to win by double digits over the past two seasons.
Huskers-Ohio State Matchup Pits Two Traditional Powers
Saturday’s matchup features two of the historically dominant programs in college football. Ohio State and Nebraska are two of only seven teams who have won 900 games, with Ohio State ranking second all-time with 924 wins and the Huskers ranking seventh with 902 victories.
• Saturday’s matchup between the Huskers and Buckeyes is just the eighth in college football history between 900-win programs, two of which have been Nebraska-Ohio State matchups.
• The schools have combined to win 1,826 games, 11 national championships and 86 conference titles, including five national championships and 46 conference crowns by Nebraska.