Nebraska returns to the field after a bye week and will face its second Big Ten road test of the season. The unbeaten Huskers will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Indiana in a cross-divisional matchup.
The Huskers are 5-0 and 2-0 in the Big Ten, marking their second 5-0 start in three seasons. Nebraska picked up its fifth win of the season on Oct. 1 in Lincoln, when the Huskers continued their dominant fourth-quarter ways, outscoring Illinois 21-0 in the final quarter en route to a 31-16 victory. The Huskers' perfect start has allowed NU to continue to gain ground in the national rankings. The Huskers are No. 10 in this week's Associated Press Poll and ninth in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The top-10 ranking is Nebraska's first since being ranked No. 9 before a November 2011 loss to Northwestern.
Indiana owns a 3-2 record, including a 1-1 mark in Big Ten action. The Hooisers are coming off a 38-17 road loss to second-ranked Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. A week earlier, Indiana posted an impressive 24- 21 overtime victory over defending Big Ten champion Michigan State. Indiana once again has a high-powered offensive attack. The Hoosiers average better than 450 yards per game, including 290 passing yards per game. Indiana also boasts one of the nation's most improved defenses, allowing 375 yards and 25 points per game.
Date/Time: October 15, 2016 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN. Capacity: 57,236
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Nebraska and Indiana will be meeting for the first time since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. In case you are the only person who hasn’t yet heard, Indiana leads the all-time series 9-7-3. However, the Huskers hold a 4 game winning streak as the ‘75-’78 Osborne-led Huskers pounded the Lee Corso-led Hoosiers by as much as 69-17.
The Hoosiers longest win streak was in the 40’s when they took seven straight from the Big Red from ‘41-’47. The earliest meeting was in 1936 which ended in a 13-9 Nebraska win under coach Dana X. Bible.
Nebraska tight end, Sam Cotton, will make his 13th career start against the Hoosiers. The last time Nebraska and Indiana played, in 1978, there was another Cotton in the starting lineup. Yep, Barney Cotton was a senior the last time the Huskers and Hoosiers met.
TV: The game will be televised on ABC with Mike Patrick, Play-by-Play; Ed Cunningham, Analyst; and Dr. Jerry Punch, Sidelines. In some areas it will be on ESPN2 (see the coverage map below).
It can be streamed on WatchESPN with a login from your cable/satellite provider. Playstation Vue streaming includes ESPN in all of its packages. SlingTV streaming includes ESPN in its Orange (but not Blue) package.
If I understand the coverage map properly, the areas in yellow will get the Huskers vs Indiana on ABC and the areas in blue will get it on ESPN2. It will be on WatchESPN everywhere.
More streaming options: The official Huskers app is available on iTunes. The app is free but accessing live audio costs $4.99 (per season). The app is available for Android users for free but the live content requires a payment (I could not see the amount but assume it is similar to the other). I often use the TuneIn app for game audio.
Weather: At kickoff it is expected to be 73 degrees and mostly cloudy with a 5% chance of precipitation. There will be light winds from the southwest at 12 mph..
Odds: The Huskers are favored by 3.
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Nebraska has gained at least 400 yards of total offense in seven straight games dating back to last season. Nebraska averages 472.6 yards per game this season to rank 32nd nationally.
Nebraska and Indiana were originally scheduled to meet in 2015, but the schedule changed after the adoption of the East-West format. Indiana is not scheduled to visit Nebraska's Memorial Stadium until 2019.
Coach Riley on several members of the Huskers’ special teams:
“You know I’m really proud of those guys, I’ve got stories on them. I’m especially proud of and have a lot of respect for Brad Simpson. What a great job he’s done. He is the point leader at this (point) and he’s been really good. He takes it seriously. He’s a good leader in that area and he’s productive. Luke McNitt is the same way.” Riley said “JoJo Doman has made a lot of plays in that area. Chris Weber, he’s really a great team guy and a great (special) teams guy.”
Coach Riley on his expectations for Saturday’s game:
“I expect this team (Indiana) to really be ready to play. Our team too. They have a good team and so do we and I think it will be a matter of who plays the best on Saturday. I think that physically you’ve got to have a good start. Tackling well, playing well, and not giving up big plays right off the bat in particular. I think having a fast start has given them a lot of confidence as you go. Those are all big factors. They will be ready, so will we, it’ll be a good game.”