The full-season college football schedule is always full of appealing matchups, but only a select few of them happen at a neutral site.
Some contests are annual games between rivals, such as Oklahoma vs. Texas and Florida vs. Georgia. Other tilts, however, are part of an agreement—perhaps for just one meeting—between nonconference teams, which are usually played early in the regular season.
And in 2022, there’s even a clash in Ireland.
The list, which is ordered chronologically by date, focuses on top-ranked Football Bowl Subdivision programs but it also includes two special neutral-site matchups.
Aug. 27: Northwestern vs. Nebraska
On the opening day of the season—known as Week 0—Big Ten programs Northwestern and Nebraska will square off in Dublin.
The conference clash marks the first FBS matchup in Ireland since 2016, when Boston College edged Georgia Tech 17-14. It’ll be the fourth contest in 11 years. Penn State clipped UCF 26-24 in 2014, and Notre Dame walloped Navy 50-10 in 2012.
Nebraska managed a single Big Ten victory during the 2021 campaign, but it came in a 56-7 steamrolling of Northwestern.
The main on-field narrative will likely be that quarterback Casey Thompson, who transferred from Texas this offseason, is making his Nebraska debut.