Nebraska Football 2023: A Possible Thursday Season Opener at Minnesota

Nebraska Football 2023: A Possible Thursday Season Opener at Minnesota

UPDATE: As of 3:40 Tuesday the Nebraska athletic website has been updated to show the 2023 season beginning with a Thursday game at Minnesota.


Posted Tuesday Morning

Speculation hit social media Monday as it was discovered Minnesota’s football schedule via their website lists their game with Nebraska on a Thursday.

The Nebraska website, however, lists the game as a Saturday.

The contest will already be the first true road game since 1999 when the Huskers went to Iowa City and came home with a 42-7 win over the Hawkeyes. The Thursday start would be something that Nebraska hasn’t done in nearly 25 years, when Big Red went to Oklahoma State and won 64-21 in 1995. That was also the last season that Nebraska began with two true road games, the second of which was a 50-10 win at Michigan State.

Nebraska also had a unique start to the 1994 season, beating West Virginia 31-0 at the Kickoff Classic in New Jersey on a Sunday. The Huskers followed that up by beating Texas Tech 42-16 on a Thursday in Lubbock.

The last time Nebraska played a Thursday game in any part of the regular season was in 2010. The Huskers won that game 48-13 at Kansas State. The year before was a 27-12 Thursday night win at Missouri.

Minnesota has started every season since 2012 on a Thursday. The Golden Gophers also have 2020, 2021, and 2022 set to begin on Thursdays as well.

The 2023 season will have two true road games with Minnesota and Colorado, but what day for the opener has yet to be officially announced from either university. The television networks will likely have some say in the date and time of the game as we get closer than three and a half years out.

Nebraska athletics did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.