Nebraska opens the 2015 season on national television. The game will mark the Cornhuskers' debut under head coach Mike Riley. Before taking the job at Nebraska, Riley spent the previous 12 seasons as the head man at Oregon State. Riley will guide a Nebraska team that returns 16 starters from a team that finished 9-4 in 2014. Nebraska will also be looking to win its season opener for the 30th consecutive season, a streak that leads the nation.
BYU finished the 2014 campaign with an 8-5 record, but was a perfect 3-0 against Power Five opponents, including victories at Texas and California. The Cougars are one of 10 programs in the country to have appeared in a bowl game each of the past 10 seasons. Saturday's game will also be the 341st consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium.
For more on this matchup, check out Husker Mike's preview and Brian's Q&A.
Date/Time: September 5, 2015, 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE, Capacity 87,000
Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools, which rank first and fifth, respectively, in victories in the past 40 seasons.
TV: ABC (NATIONAL) Sean McDonough, Play-by-Play Chris Spielman, Analyst Todd McShay, 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, Lane Grindle, Sidelines. The audio can also be streamed through the Huskers app or searching for the HSN on TuneIn
Weather: . It is expected to be hot and humid at kickoff with the temperature at 91 degrees and humidity in the upper 40s (after starting the day in the 70% range). A south wind at 18 mph is expected at kickoff. The athletic department is making an exception to their food/drink policy for this game only in that they will allow every ticketholder to bring in 2 non-alcoholic drinks, 20 oz or less.
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 6.5 or 7 points depending on which source you use
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley's opening statement in his Monday presser before the first game:
"... It’s an exciting time, It’s a great time. It’s that beautiful time of the year to kick off the college football season, and we will be very, very proud to enter the stadium with the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the first time."
The off-season ends tomorrow. #GBR #Huskers ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/T6XnYVUIsa— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 4, 2015
The locker room is ready....
Ready to go. #GBR #Huskers pic.twitter.com/toWqRMvDk8— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 4, 2015
Most importantly, the Huskers (at least one of them) are ready....
Tomorrow's a good day to take down some Cougars #GBR— B. Reilly (@brandonreilly87) September 4, 2015