As an Iowa State graduate, I like to joke that Nebraska felt inclined to leave the Big 12 because it could no longer beat the Cyclones in football.
The Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, and its last home game against Iowa State was a 9-7 loss in 2009. The following year, Nebraska needed overtime and a botched trick play to beat the Cyclones 31-30 in Ames.
But could the series start up again?
During a radio interview on Monday, Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos hinted that he'd like to see games against most of the Cornhuskers' old Big Eight foes, including Kansas, K-State and Iowa State in the Big 12, Missouri in the SEC and Colorado in the Pac-12.
HuskerCorner.com reported that Moos hopes the Big Ten will reduce the number of conference games from nine to eight. That story says it could happen by 2022.
Moos elaborated on scheduling non-conference teams, and the talk turned to the Cornhuskers' former rivals from the Big Eight days. The Big Eight merged with the old Southwest Conference and became the Big 12 in 1996.
“First of all, we play nine conference games,” Moos said, according to Husker Online. “Six in the division, and then the crossovers. Like I said, in recent years those crossovers have pitted the powerhouses against each other on a consistent basis. For non-conference scheduling, it’s a fine balance. Without freshmen teams anymore, you want to hopefully have opponents that you are just primarily playing at home, so it’s a money game, you have a realistic chance of winning, and you can play a lot of players and get a look at them early in the year. I do like an intersectional game with a Power Five opponent.
"Some of these are already in place, but I would really (like) to concentrate on the old Big Eight. Our fans can get to Kansas and Kansas State easily, even maybe Missouri, even though they are in the SEC now. We’d probably stay away from Oklahoma on a regular basis, but we are playing them coming up, and that’s going to be exciting for our fans. Colorado, they are now in the Pac-12.
"So on a yearly basis if you are playing Iowa State or the Kansas schools, then Missouri snuck in there or Colorado, well now you are getting exposure in the Pac-12 and the SEC and the Midwest and down into the Big 12. That’s all good, and the fans are interested in that. Look for more of that coming down the road.”
Of course, this is all from Nebraska's perspective. It's hard to say if KU, K-State or Mizzou would want to face the Cornhuskers again.
Some fans from KU and K-State have expressed no desire to face teams that left the conference, whether it be football or basketball.
But this is an interesting idea, don't you think? Or are you against the idea?