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The Big Ten announced Wednesday it is moving to a conference-only schedule for all fall sports, including football.

The Big Ten is the first power conference to drastically change its season due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Ivy League — which is in the FCS and is a smaller league compared to the Big Ten — announced Tuesday it was cancelling all fall sports.

Though the Big Ten hasn't gone that far, it's still a significant alteration.

"We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority," the Big Ten said in a released statement.

The Big Ten concluded its statement by saying it's "prepared to not play" at all "should the circumstances so dictate." By limiting its teams to only conference games, the Big Ten said it has more flexibility to adjust its plans based on the pandemic.

The Big Ten's decision applies to all fall sports, which for Nebraska includes football, volleyball, soccer and cross country. It will determine at a later time how each sport will be affected.

For Nebraska football, that means nonconference home games against Central Michigan (Sept. 12), South Dakota State (Sept. 19) and Cincinnati (Sept. 26) will be canceled. This will be the first time Nebraska will have a season without nonconference games since it joined the Missouri Valley Conference in 1921.

It's not yet clear what Nebraska's new football schedule will look like.

Nebraska was previously slated to play nine conference games, four at home and five on the road. Below is a look at the Huskers' conference games as originally scheduled:

Sept. 5: Purdue

Oct. 3: at Northwestern

 
 

Oct. 10 Illinois

Oct. 24: at Rutgers

Oct. 31: at Ohio State

Nov. 7: Penn State

Nov. 14: at Iowa

Nov. 21: at Wisconsin

Nov. 27: Minnesota

There will be a financial impact if the Huskers play fewer than their originally scheduled seven home games, especially if there are limits on fan attendance. According to the most recent financial filings, Nebraska makes about $4.6 million off each home game.

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