Nebraska returns to the road this Saturday as the Huskers travel to Minnesota. The Huskers enter the game with a 2-4 record, including an 0-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Nebraska suffered its fourth heart-breaking setback of the season on Saturday in Lincoln, when Wisconsin kicked a
field goal with four seconds remaining to defeat the Huskers 23-21. The Huskers' four losses this season have been by a total of 11 points with each opponent scoring the winning points in the final 10 seconds or overtime.
Minnesota will come into the game with a 4-2 record, and a 1-1 Big Ten Conference record following a 41-13 win at Purdue on Saturday. The Golden Gophers boast a stout defense, allowing just 19.0 points and 306.2 yards per game. Minnesota has been strong at TCF Bank Stadium, winning 10 of its past 13 home games, with all three losses occurring against nationally ranked opponents.
For more on this matchup, check out Husker Mike's review and Brian's Q&A.
Date/Time: October 17, 2015, 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN, Capacity, 50,805
Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: Nebraska and Minnesota have met 55 times on the gridiron. Prior to joining the Big Ten, Nebraska had met Minnesota more than any other non-conference opponent. Minnesota has won 31, Nebraska 22 and two games have ended in ties. The Huskers will be looking to end a two-game losing streak to the Golden Gophers. Minnesota has won tight games each of the past two years over Nebraska, after the Huskers had won 16 straight in the series. The first meeting was in 1900, in Lincoln which ended in a 20-12 Gopher win. The largest margin of victory for Minnesota was 54-0 in 1943. For Nebraska, it was 84-13 in 1983. (See below for highlights video).
TV: ESPN2, Eamon McAnaney, Play-by-Play; Rocky Boiman, Analyst; Jane Slater, Sidelines. With a login from your TV provider, you can view the game on WatchESPN.
Radio: Huskers sports radio network with Greg Sharpe, Play-by-Play, Matt Davison, Analyst, Steve Taylor Sideline and Lane Grindle. The audio can also be streamed through the Huskers app or searching for the HSN on TuneIn. National Simulcast on Sirius: 81 • XM: 81
Weather: It will be a beautiful, sunny day for football. The temperature at kickoff is expected to be right around 50 degrees. There is currently 0% chance of precipitation. The wind will from the northwest at 7 mph.
Odds: Minnesota is favored by 2 by most of the sports betting sites.
Ranchbabe's note: I thought we could all use a little "Scoring Explosion". So, here is a video of Minnesota/Nebraska 1983 Highlights. For those of you that know more than me...is that Bob Devaney doing the color commentary? The play-by-play announcer refers to him as "Coach" and it sure sounds like the Bobfather...
Was working thru some old newspapers and found this gem about @AndyJanovich from @RKaipustOWH #Huskers pic.twitter.com/QGBqhenDGI— Husker FanCast (@HuskerFanCast) October 16, 2015
Coach Riley on what they are doing with the defensive backs to work on their ball skills after dropping a few interception opportunities
"Tons of ball drills. Tons of ball drills. The biggest step forward was we were covering them pretty well. That’s what I mean, we’re in better position to challenge receivers, to challenge the throws. We’re getting a better combination of rush and coverage. We, obviously, would like to finish some of those with an interception. I thought (Josh) Kalu made some great plays. Some of those were… I always tell defensive backs and even coach them to that point where you’re not going to intercept this ball, but sometimes one finger on a ball saves a game. So you’ve got to practice ball drills in all ways. Whether it’s just getting that one finger or that hand on the ball or when given the opportunity to make a play and intercepting (the pass) and making it a big factor in the game. We work on both of those a lot. So we hope individual guys are improving in their ability not only to cover, but to also make a play. Whether it’s getting a ball down or actually intercepting it."