Nebraska football could potentially be taking the field in January, as the Big Ten is working on an idea for the postponed season.
Despite the Big Ten previously stating that they’d be eyeing the spring to play football since they chose to cancel the fall season, they might look to begin even sooner than spring. The recent report is saying that the Big Ten, which includes the Nebraska Cornhuskers, could be looking to play football in January.
It’s obviously still a work in progress, but it’s something.
Nebraska became a topic of discussion last week due to their stance on the postponed season and still looking to play a season even outside of the conference. Prior to this report coming out, there was another one circulating that Nebraska, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, and Wisconsin were looking into playing each other twice, for a total of ten games for each team.
While that would prove to be a tough slate for Nebraska, it’d be something. Perhaps this is now why the Big Ten is wanting to get another season proposal out there so that these programs don’t go against the conference.
Should the season begin in January, it’d have to be respectful of when the NFL Draft is because that could play a huge part in if players decided to play or to opt out and focus on their NFL futures.
"A proposed eight-game schedule that began in the first week of January would run through the end of February and into the first week of March, depending on how many bye weeks would be allowed per team. Either way, the Big Ten Championship would likely occur in the first or second week of March, leaving as many as seven weeks between the end of the season and the NFL Draft.-Via Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports"
There’s still a lot of unknowns with this potential setup, but January football is better than no football. The Big Ten and PAC-12 decided to forego fall sports for the time being while the Big 12 and SEC are, as of now, still planning to go ahead with their fall seasons.
Nebraska will have a tough slate no matter what kind of schedule they get, but having any kind of season would be a huge help to Lincoln and that community. They rely on football big time in Big Red nation.
This will definitely be a story to keep an eye on, but for now, let’s keep our fingers crossed that there could be a Nebraska football season and if it is held, that it can be held safely.