After Nebraska football’s August game in Ireland was canceled due to the pandemic, the Huskers were able to add another game to their schedule this fall. The Fordham Rams will be coming to Lincoln for an early-season showdown.
Nebraska football was set to play Illinois overseas this August in what was going to be a fun time in Ireland. Unfortunately, the game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while the Huskers will still face Illinois in their first game of the year, they were originally slated to have an early bye week due to the long trip to and from Ireland.
Now instead of playing one game and then taking a week off, the Huskers will fill in that bye with a game against a Fordham. It might not be the most exciting opponent but this gives Nebraska a winnable game and is also a great way to kick off the home schedule, as it’s against a team from a smaller program.
Nebraska football will host Fordham University in its home opener.
Fordham is an FCS school and plays in the Patriot League. They only played in three games this past season, as their fall season was postponed and played in the spring instead. Fordham went 2-1 in those games and both of their victories were double-digit wins.
Nebraska will host Fordham after opening the season against Illinois on the road. Hopefully, the Huskers find a way to win that first game so that they can return to Lincoln with a 1-0 record. This game also means that Nebraska now has seven home games, which should help them put up a more respectable record.
The home games for the 2021 season are against Fordham (Patriot), Buffalo (MAC), Northwestern, Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State, and Iowa. That’s not an easy slate right there so getting a win against Fordham is an absolute must for Scott Frost and his staff.
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Teams often face smaller programs early on to get some easy wins and this is likely what Nebraska is doing. They’ll have some incredibly tough games this year so scheduling a “cupcake” opponent isn’t surprising. They need all the wins they can get in 2021.