There are reasons Nebraska are playing North West Ireland in Week 0.
Crop circles can only hope to give you this kind of truth about why Nebraska will play Northwestern in Week 0 of the 2022 college football season in Dublin, Ireland.
Although it’s the signature game of the Week 0 list, it’s played a full six hours ahead of most Midwest players who are eagerly awaiting to see this Big Ten West game for a lot less than all the marbles. This was the only conference win a 3-9 Nebraska team had a year ago. But instead of playing this game in Lincoln or Evanston, it will be played at Aviva Stadium in the Irish capital.
So why on earth are the Cornhuskers and the Wildcats playing the most American sport imaginable on the last weekend of August? Makes sense Buehler!
Why are Nebraska and Northwestern playing in Ireland?
Okay, so here’s the best explanation for that. Last season, the Nebraska-Illinois game was supposed to be played in Ireland, but COVID concerns moved the game to Champaign. Bret Bielema won his Fighting Illinois debut in Week 0 against Scott Frost. The Big Ten have decided to return the favor by sending this game overseas.
Where in Ireland do Nebraska and Northwestern play?
As mentioned above, the Cornhuskers play the Wildcats at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. The stadium is great, the vibe is absolutely great so may everyone who made the trip to Ireland have a good time. If the product on the field isn’t up to standard, you can close your eyes and imagine yourself watching Tom Osborne’s wishbone do its thing.
Has there ever been a college football game in Ireland?
Unsurprisingly to anyone, this isn’t the first time a college football game has been hosted in Ireland. College football games have been played there since 1988. Boston College beat Army in the Emerald Isle Classic. Many teams have played games in Ireland, but only Notre Dame have appeared multiple times, beating Navy in Dublin in 1996 and 2012.
Ultimately, Dublin feels like a great city to host regular college football games. That NFL has made London his main business city outside the States. With the Golden Domers taking on the Midshipmen for a third time next year in Dublin, it seems like the college football world, particularly the Power Five programs, have realized the value of games across the pond.
Expect the Big Ten to make this a regular thing with their new cool TV deal.
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