LINCOLN–(NU Athletics May 3)–Nebraska has finalized its 2021 football schedule with the addition of a matchup against the Fordham Rams on Sept. 4 at Memorial Stadium. The game against Fordham replaces a previously scheduled game with Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 13.
The Nebraska-Fordham game will be the Huskers’ 2021 home opener at Memorial Stadium and will be the first-ever meeting between the schools. The game will kick off a home slate that includes two September home games, three October games at Memorial Stadium and two November home contests.
Nebraska opens its 2021 schedule with a Week Zero Big Ten West contest at Illinois before returning home for its next two games.
“We have been actively exploring opportunities to play a home game on Sept. 4 since our Ireland trip to play Illinois was canceled,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “It was important for several reasons to add a September home game. It provides a better flow to the start of our season for our team, and gives us a valuable early-season showcase for recruits. This will also provide our fans and local businesses with a home game on the traditional season-opening weekend.
“We are appreciative of the flexibility of both Fordham and Southeastern Louisiana to make this schedule change possible late in the process.”
Fordham plays in the Patriot League in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Rams played a shortened spring season, posting a 2-1 record with victories over Colgate and Bucknell.
Nebraska and Southeastern Louisiana will continue discussions about the possibility of re-scheduling the previously scheduled 2021 game in a later season.
With the completion of the home schedule, Nebraska football season ticket holders will receive season ticket renewal information this week.
2021 Nebraska Football Schedule
Aug. 28 at Illinois
Sept. 4 Fordham
Sept. 11 Buffalo
Sept. 18 at Oklahoma
Sept. 25 at Michigan State
Oct. 2 Northwestern
Oct. 9 Michigan
Oct. 16 at Minnesota
Oct. 30 Purdue
Nov. 6 Ohio State
Nov. 20 at Wisconsin
Nov. 26 (Fri.) Iowa