Nebraska returns to Lincoln for a prime-time matchup against the unbeaten Michigan State Spartans. The Huskers come into the contest with a 3-6 record, following a 55-45 loss at Purdue. The Huskers continue to be plagued by injuries with quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. out of action at Purdue and several other offensive playmakers sidelined during the game. Nebraska has started 20 different players on both offense and defense this season,in large part due to injuries.
Michigan State will arrive at Memorial Stadium with a perfect 8-0 record, including a 4-0 mark in Big Ten Conference action. The Spartans are ranked sixth in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Spartans feature an explosive offense, averaging 413.8 yards per game, including 258.8 passing yards per contest. Overall, Michigan State owns the nation's fourth-longest winning streak at 12 games. The Spartans have also won 12 consecutive Big Ten road games, the nation's second-longest streak of conference road victories.
The unbeaten Spartans will join elite company at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. MSU is just the 10th unbeaten opponent to visit Memorial Stadium in November in the 93-year history of the stadium. Nebraska is 5-3-1 in the previous nine games.
For more on this matchup, check out Husker Mike’s review.
Date/Time: November 7, 2015, 6:00 p.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln NE. Capacity 86,047
Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: Nebraska leads the overall series 7-2 with Michigan State’s wins coming in the last two games. As Big Ten conference opponents the record is 2-2. In 1995 and 1996 Tom Osborne’s Cornhuskers crushed Nick Saban’s Spartans by scores of 50-10 and 55-14 respectively. The first ever meeting between these teams was in 1914 in Lincoln which ended in a 24-0 nebraska win.
TV: ESPN Dave Pasch, Play-by-Play; Brian Griese, Analyst; Tom Luginbill, Field Analyst. With a login from your TV provider, you can stream 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: At kickoff it will be cold, 47 degrees, with clear skies. There is a 0% chance of rain and the wind will be a non-factor, coming from the south at 5 mph.
Special Events: Military Appreciation Day (see embedded post below Coach Riley's quote). Alex Gordon, member of the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals and former Nebraska baseball star, will be honored during a 2nd quarter timeout.
Stop by the Nissan Heisman House, inside Pinnacle Bank Arena. Meet Heisman Trophy winners Mike Rozier and Eric Crouch, take a picture with the Heisman Trophy, and much more. It is free and open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Odds: Michigan State is favored by 5.5 points
Coach Riley: On how he goes about fixing the program
"I think it comes through, now going back and evaluating our season and situationally looking at things we can improve five games right now. Can we defend that Hail Mary a little better? Can we teach it a little better? And that’s what it is because you’re asking really now specifically football stuff and that’s the part I feel really good about. We also want a culture. It is like I told all of you before, I don’t want to do this without a program that we think has a good substance for kids, and I also think the residual of that is better football, better discipline, better looking. I am excited about that, too. None of this is actually brand new to me. You go through 40 years of coaching and there’s all different kinds of seasons, great ones, hard ones, intermediate ones. Hopefully you learn the one thing you can do is make it better."