Nebraska, Illinois to Open 2021 Season In Ireland

By Matthew Filipovits on October 15, 2019 at 7:21 pm
Sep 21, 2019; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Lovie Smith (left) and Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost meet before a game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini will open up the 2021 season with an in-conference matchup in Dublin, Ireland.

This will technically be a home game for Illinois, meaning they will play just six games in Champagne during the 2021 season. For a program that has struggled to make bowl games with any kind of regularity, any opportunity to take your team on a fun and unique trip is a welcomed sight.

This will be the fifth major college football game played in Ireland since 2010, with Penn State beating UCF 26-24 on a Sam Ficken field goal in James Franklin's first game as head coach.