Nebraska returns to Lincoln for the first time in four weeks on Saturday, as the Huskers play host to Big Ten newcomer Rutgers. The Huskers enter the game 6-1 overall and with a 2-1 Big Ten Conference record after a 38-17 victory at Northwestern last Saturday. The Huskers were dominant in the second half, erasing a 17-14 halftime deficit and holding the Wildcats to just 28 yards after intermission. The win made the Huskers bowl eligible, ensuring a postseason berth for the seventh straight season.
The win at Northwestern helped Nebraska move up three spots in both major polls, as the Huskers now check in at No. 16 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. At 2-1 in Big Ten play, the Huskers are tied for second in the Big Ten West with Iowa, a game behind division leader Minnesota, who sits at 3-0 in conference play.
Rutgers comes to Lincoln with a 5-2 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 56-17 decision at Ohio State last Saturday in their Big Ten Conference road opener. Rutgers features a potent passing attack that averages better than 250 yards per game through the air.
For more on this matchup, check out Husker Mike’s review, Brian’s Q&A, and Michael's five reasons we will win and reasons we will lose.
Date/Time: October 25, 2014, 11 a.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska. Capacity: 87,000
Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: Saturday’s meeting between Nebraska and Rutgers will be just the second between the schools. The first matchup was a 28-0 Nebraska win at the New York Polo Grounds in 1920. The 94-year gap between games in the series is the longest for Nebraska against any opponent in school history.
TV: ESPN2; Beth Mowins, Play-by-Play; Joey Galloway, Analyst; Paul Carcaterra, Sidelines. With a login from your TV provider, you can stream the game at: WatchESPN
Radio: Huskers sports radio network (HSN) with Greg Sharpe, Play-by-Play, Matt Davison, Analyst, Lane Grindle, Sidelines. The audio can also be streamed through the Huskers app or searching for the HSN on TuneIn
Weather: At kickoff it is expected to be sunny, 63 degrees and nearly windless (5 mph).
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 20