When Colorado broke off from the Big 12, a conference it had been a part for 15 years, from 1996 to 2011. When the Buffs made the move to the Pac-12, they effectively ended ties with their most heated rival, Nebraska, who was also a Big 12 member until it broke off to join the Big Ten that same year Colorado did.
That rivalry became dormant with conference realignment ruining the annual competition, but now it seems as if the Cornhuskers and Buffaloes are set to clash again, and regularly, starting in 2018 and running through the year 2023.
CU and Nebraska will play again in 2023 and 2024. 2018 and 2024 in Nebraska and 2019 and 2023 in Boulder.
— Kyle Ringo (@KyleRingo) February 7, 2013
That’s four games. Four games in which Nebraska and Colorado fans — many of which were actually glad the rivalry ended because they hate each other that much — will get to toss vitriol at each other, spanning five years.
The rivalry heated up quite a bit in the 1990s, which saw the Buffs and Huskers combine for four national championships, with Nebraska winning three in 1994, 1995 and 1997 and Colorado earning one in 1990.
It’s nice to see a dormant rivalry as heated as this one — involving two tradition-rich football programs — becoming a thing again. By 2018, we’re sure Colorado will be a much better football program than it is now, and we’re sure Nebraska will have fired Bo Pelini for winning nine games and getting blown out in a postseason contest by then, too.
Wherever the two programs stand in five years, the contests will sure to be fun if not for the rabid fan-bases that will get to participate in the tilt.