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Huskers attempting to finalize Oct. 27 game to replace canceled contest

September 20, 2018

Nebraska is attempting to finalize this week a 12th regular season game that will replace the Sept. 1 contest against Akron canceled by thunderstorms.

NU is looking an at FCS opponent for the Oct. 27 bye week, multiple Nebraska officials confirmed.

“Nothing finalized,” Athletic Director Bill Moos said in a text.

The Huskers are also looking for the NCAA to approve a waiver that allows a FCS team to play a 12th regular season game; generally, FCS programs play 11 regular season games before advancing to a playoff system.

On the Big Ten teleconference, NU coach Scott Frost said the Huskers are likely to play 12 games in a row. Last week, Frost stated his preference for playing Oct. 27 vs. Dec. 1 because Nebraska intends to qualify for the Big Ten championship, which is played on Dec. 1.

Multiple FCS teams have bye dates that week, including Tennessee State, which had its game last weekend against Hampton canceled because of Hurricane Florence. Elon had a game cancelled against William & Mary, as well.

One team with an open date, Bethune-Cookman, has a history of playing FBS schools, but usually in the state of Florida, where the school is located. BCU lost at Florida Atlantic 49-28 this season, lost at Miami and Florida Atlantic last year, and lost at North Texas in 2016.

The journey to find a 12th game started when thunderstorms canceled the Sept. 1 Akron contest. Moos initially said in a press conference that Nebraska wanted to try and reconvene with Akron on Dec. 1, although a FCS team on Oct. 27 was an option even then. Last week, Frost vocalized his support for playing Oct. 27 vs. Dec. 1.

“Scheduling a game in December — I don’t want our kids thinking we’re not going to be in the championship,” Frost said Sept. 13. “We’re going to be in the championship. So that leaves us October. It’s not ideal to play 12 straight weeks — they don’t really do that in the NFL — but if that’s the hand we’re dealt, so be it.

“These kids have practiced hard enough and worked hard enough, they deserve to have a full slate of games, of 12 games. The administration is dealing with that and we’ll play whoever they line up for us.”

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