BYU to Play Nebraska in 2015

The Brigham Young Cougars have announced that they will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 5, 2015. It will be played at Nebraska, and will be the first game of the season.

For the complete press release by BYU, click here. Some interesting notes from the press release include the following:
  • Each school has won 38 games over the last four seasons.
  • Each school is in the top three nationally for most Academic All-Americans over the last seven years.
Barring the two schools meeting in a bowl game in one of the next three seasons, this will be the first meeting of the two schools.

An interesting quote from BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe in the press release hints at future games between the two schools. He said, “I look forward to developing a long term relationship with Nebraska.”

While having never squared off on the gridiron, BYU and Nebraska have been intertwined in college football history for decades. Former BYU head coach LaVell Edwards won 257 games during his career, placing him just ahead of former Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne (255) on the all-time wins list. In 1983, Nebraska running back Mike Rozier won the Heisman Trophy and BYU quarterback Steve Young was runner up.

The most controversial link between the two schools came in 1996. BYU and Nebraska were eyeing a spot in one of the lucrative Bowl Alliance bowl games. Nebraska was upset by Texas in the Big XII Championship game, which gave Texas an automatic spot in one of the three bowl games. The Cornhuskers received one of the two at-large spots, which contributed to BYU ending up on the outside looking in.

Just last season, the two schools finished side-by-side in the final USA Today Top 25. Nebraska was 24, and BYU was 25.

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