Did the Big Ten penalize Nebraska's uprising? Conference gives Cornhuskers brutal start on new schedule
Nebraska was one of the most vocal schools in the Big Ten, between its players and parents, as fans across the Midwest pushed to play the season. Now that the Big Ten schedule is coming out, plenty of college football fans are wondering if the Cornhuskers paid the price for that aggressive stance.
The Cornhuskers open with a trip to Ohio State on Oct. 24, then Wisconsin on Oct. 31, Northwestern on Nov. 7 and Penn State on Nov. 14. It is difficult to find a tougher opening quartet of games in the country.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren joined ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday morning. He explained some of the decisions to re-visit exploring play.
“The key thing in our focus has been and will always be is to make sure that the health and safety of our student-athletes is put at the top of our list,” Warren said. “At the time when we decided to postpone the season, we did not feel comfortable, and the chancellors and presidents voted for us to postpone the season. But as you’re aware these last 45 days many things have happened, and now with the ability to do daily testing, and with the protocols we were able to set forth. We made a promise from day one that we would always follow the medicine.”
Here’s a sampling of some tweets reacting to the Nebraska schedule, which is one of the most talked about trends so far about the Big Ten’s schedule.
— Mike Stoughtenger (@MHSCoachStout) September 19, 2020
Kevin Warren cobbling together Nebraska’s schedule pic.twitter.com/VlAnbBovAu
— Chris Lauderback (@Chris11W) September 19, 2020
Nebraska, 2011: We will win the Big Ten and probably the national title!
Nebraska, 2020: It is unfair that we have to play a Big Ten schedule in football! https://t.co/Rc0vCCyzHb
— Bucky’s 5th Quarantine (@B5Q) September 19, 2020
The Big Ten is REALLY retaliating at Nebraska for that lawsuit huh..
Talk about schedule of death.
— Sunny (@illiniSV) September 19, 2020
It’s almost like Nebraska fans and media shouldn’t have publicly complained incessantly for weeks about the Big Ten before the schedule was released… pic.twitter.com/JzeU9RP30X
— Dirk Calloway (@SheaCaringle) September 19, 2020
The Big Ten scheduling office is dropping a nuclear bomb on Nebraska. Guess that’s what happens when you sue the people making your football schedule.
— Thomas Beindit (@tbeindit) September 19, 2020
The Big 10 releasing Nebraska’s schedule pic.twitter.com/1J8W7veK1U
— Sam Simon (@NotSamsClub) September 19, 2020
B10 releasing Nebraska’s schedule 😂😂
Seems like that lawsuit pushed some buttons pic.twitter.com/Ld7sWstNEx
— Kendra Cuellar (@Kendra_4) September 19, 2020
— G-Rex (@Ndamukong_Sioux) September 19, 2020
— Calege Football 🏈🍺📝💰😼☘️ (@Cale05) September 19, 2020
The Big Ten showing Nebraska their new football schedule. pic.twitter.com/VtQpASipQm
— Brett Gallman (@brettgallman) September 19, 2020