Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
As the great debate continues to rage over which automatic qualifying schools are turning Boise State, Lincoln Journal Star columnist Steve Sipple put to rest any notion that Nebraska could be the Broncos huckleberry in 2011.
Nebraska does have an open date on Sept. 3, 2011, the same date that’s open for the Broncos, but as Sipple writes in his blog, the Huskers already have games against Fresno State, Washington and Wyoming scheduled that season. It’s unlikely that the Huskers would add a likely ranked Boise State team to that mix. It wouldn’t be smart scheduling.
Besides, the Huskers might not be able to pony up the kind of guarantee that Boise State is requesting. Athletic director Gene Bleymaier said that $900,000 to $1 million would be a fair market price for guarantee game with Boise State. According to the Florida Atlantic and Louisiana-Lafayette athletic departments, the Huskers shelled out just $650,000 and $700,000 respectively to play those teams this year. Nebraska won both games handily.