Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, November 30, 2012

Scheduling is everything in college football. And Nebraska?s 2013 slate figures to give the Cornhuskers a big advantage. Nebraska will open next season with five home games, not venturing on the road until playing at Purdue on Oct. 12. In all, the Huskers will play eight home games in 2013. That?s quite an advantage. Nebraska also played eight home games in 2008.

The extra home game came about when Southern Miss opted to sell back its home game to Nebraska, as the Hattiesburg, Miss., school faces a budget crunch and needs the cash. The game now will be played Sept. 7 in Lincoln, Neb. According to reports, Nebraska will pay Southern Miss $2.125 million to visit.

Here's the full schedule from

Date Opponent Location Time
Sat, Aug. 31  Wyoming Memorial Stadium   TBA
Sat, Sep. 07  Southern Miss Memorial Stadium   TBA
Sat, Sep. 14  UCLA Memorial Stadium   TBA
Sat, Sep. 21  South Dakota State Memorial Stadium   TBA
Sat, Oct. 05  Illinois Memorial Stadium   TBA
Sat, Oct. 12  Purdue at West Lafayette, Ind.   TBA
Sat, Oct. 26  Minnesota at Minneapolis, Minn.   TBA
Sat, Nov. 02  Northwestern Memorial Stadium   TBA
Sat, Nov. 09  Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich.   TBA
Sat, Nov. 16  Michigan State Memorial Stadium   TBA
Sat, Nov. 23  Penn State at State College, Pa.   TBA
Sat, Nov. 30  Iowa Memorial Stadium   TBA

I wonder what Nebraska's Legends Division rivals and other Big Ten schools think of this. What do you think about it? Tell me below.

And any thoughts you had of college football being a level playing field should be further obliterated. In fact, college sports has the most uneven playing field of any sport in America, as some teams can afford to play eight home games while other have as few as five or six.

Imagine this happening in, say, the NFL. It wouldn?t, of course.

About Tom Dienhart senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, read all of his work at, and subscribe to his posts via RSS. Also, send questions to his weekly mailbag using the form below and read all of his previous answers in his reader mailbag section.

And if you want to leave a comment on this post, use the box below. All comments need to be approved by a moderator.