SDSU and Nebraska slated for rematch in 2013


Consider it another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

SDSU and Nebraska agreed to schedule another matchup Tuesday, taking the Jacks to Lincoln, Neb. on Sept. 21, 2013. The agreement fills out Nebraska’s schedule with a regional opponent and allows SDSU a chance to play the Cornhuskers, a program laden with tradition.

“It’s good for our fans and it’s good for their fans, so we’re glad it all worked out. We’re certainly excited to get this chance again,” head football coach John Stiegelmeier said.

SDSU received $350,000 to play at Nebraska last season and SDSU athletic director Justin Sell said that number will likely be better this time around, but that terms of the deal are not finalized. Sell pointed out that having 5,000 Jackrabbits fans at the game last year made a difference in the eyes of Nebraska athletic administrators and that there was a “true mutual respect” between both Husker and Jackrabbit fans on hand.

“We’re always having conversations with the bigger regional schools and Rob Peterson (associate athletic director), who works on our football scheduling, is constantly in contact with those schools,” Sell said. “Both teams had an open date and they picked up the phone and gave us a call and we’re really excited about the opportunity.”

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini had insisted in the past that his program shy away from playing FCS opponents because of the lack of quality opponents that had been scheduled prior to his tenure. He told the Lincoln Journal-Star in 2008 that those games are “not fair to the [NU] fans who are paying top dollar for games.” Nevertheless, it was Nebraska who initiated talks with SDSU this time around.

SDSU played well in Memorial Stadium but a few miscues left the Jacks short last year, a 17-3 loss. Stiegelmeier said that his team treated last year’s matchup with its normal approach and expects SDSU to do the same again two years from now.

“It is not bigger than life. It’s not more important than the game before or the game after. It’s a special opportunity that we just need to embrace,” Stiegelmeier said.

The deal cements another SDSU matchup with a Bowl Championship Series opponent. The Jacks will face Illinois this season, Kansas in 2012, Missouri in 2014 and Minnesota in 2015, all on the road.