Report: B1G makes final decision on Nebraska's request to play nonconference game
Nebraska’s attempts to fill its schedule with a nonconference opponent have reportedly been denied by the Big Ten.
Earlier Thursday morning, it was reported the Huskers were close to finalizing a game with UT Chattanooga for this Saturday to replace Wisconsin. The Badgers had to cancel this week’s game with Nebraska due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
However, it appears the Big Ten is blocking that from happening.
That’s according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg:
The #B1G has denied #Nebraska’s attempt to replace its canceled game against #Wisconsin with FCS Chattanooga, sources tell @ClowESPN and me. Chattanooga had already tested staff and players Wednesday and came back negative. But the game will not happen.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 29, 2020
According to CBS’ Dennis Dodds, the Huskers had agreed to pay UTC between $200,000 to $250,000.
Chattanooga AD Mark Wharton just told me the Big Ten has denied a request for the Mocs to play Nebraska on Saturday. Neb had guaranteed $200K-$250K. Entire UTC team had tested negative using PCR tests Wednesday night. (more)
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) October 29, 2020
Instead, the Huskers will be granted an impromptu bye week — something they may appreciate later in the season.
Their game against Wisconsin was declared a no-contest and will not count in the standings for either team.
Nebraska’s next game is on the road at Northwestern in Week 3.