And...there you have it. Our out-of-conference schedule for next year is as follows:
Not a bad OOC schedule. NIU and Iowa State have had good battles in the past (2003-04) and are as beatable of a BCS team as you can get. North Dakota is a nice appetizer before we go in to Big 10 battle against our in-state rivals.
Minnesota has their new on-campus TCF Bank Stadium and I was looking for an excuse to go visit it...now I have one. Still waiting on the payout number, because having 3 roadies against BCS squads is always a tough pill to swallow. This is a one-and-none deal. No return stops for the Goophers. Wouldn't playing in Dekalb be a little attractive to Minny? Or do they just want to shell out all that cash they just made from season-ticket sales?
Here's AD Jeff Compher with the reasoning:
"It's one of those things that when you look at the kinds of things we want to do, we ran into a problem where we would have loved to have another home game but until we could return a game, that would have been tough," Compher said. "Next year we had a hole to fill. We figured it would have been 2014 we estimated before we could have returned a game.
[Note by Mike Breese, 09/03/09 12:48 PM CDT ] HuskieWire has just announced that the payout is a cool $575,000.
This will be a good revenge game for QB Chandler Harnish and the Huskies after losing to Minnesota in the 2008 season opener 27-31 late in the 4th quarter. As for now, this is the anthem for next year: