Huskers explore options

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost leads the Huskers on the field for the first time as coach. Nebraska was slated to play Akron at Memorial Stadium on Saturday in Lincoln before a rain cancellation occurred shortly after the start of the game.

Nebraska football has scheduled a game against Bethune-Cookman for Oct. 27 to replace the Akron game that was canceled due to thunderstorms.

The kickoff time and television information will be available six to 12 days in advance of the game. It will be part of the Big Ten's regular television package.

Oct. 27 was originally supposed to be Nebraska's bye week, but Scott Frost expressed his desire to play on that date instead of Dec. 1, when Frost hopes to be playing in the Big Ten championship game.

"It wasn't a piece of cake and a lot of time went into it and we had to hold our breath a little bit, but we got our 12th game and fans get their seventh," said Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos.

Moos' staff ran the names of schools by the coaching staff and they liked, among others, Bethune-Cookman.

"They had their preferences," Moos said. "There were some teams on the list that had a track record of playing FBS teams and causing havoc."

Nebraska will pay Bethune-Cookman a guarantee of $800,000 for its trip to Lincoln. The Huskers would've owed Akron $1.17 million had that game been played Sept. 1, but that deal may be void after the cancellation. Moos said previously that Nebraska would likely at least cover Akron's travel expenses.

Bethune-Cookman, located in Daytona Beach, Florida, plays in the Football Championship Subdivision and is 1-2 in 2018. One of those losses came to an FBS program, Florida Atlantic, last weekend.

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