Nebraska completes its season opening homestand at Memorial Stadium when the Huskers play host to the Oregon Ducks. It marks another milestone in one of the most remarkable streaks in college sports, as Nebraska will celebrate the 350th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska comes into the contest with a 2-0 record, after a 52-17 victory over Wyoming last Saturday. The Huskers broke open the game with 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away. Nebraska used a big-play passing attack and six takeaways to key the victory.
Oregon will also bring a 2-0 mark into Lincoln, following a 44-26 home win over Virginia on Saturday night. The Ducks once again feature one of the nation's high-powered offenses, averaging 48.5 points and 577.0 yards per game. Oregon is ranked 22nd in this week's AP Poll and check in at No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Oregon is one of the nation's most successful programs over the past several years. Since 2010, the Ducks' 71 victories trail only Alabama among all FBS programs.
The game with Oregon is the first in a home-and-home series between the schools. Nebraska will visit Eugene, Ore., on Sept. 9, 2017.
Date/Time: September 17, 2016 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 86,047
Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: Nebraska holds a a 5-1 advantage in meetings with the Ducks. The last time these teams met was in 1986 in Lincoln with the Huskers hammering Oregon 48-14. Oregon’s lone win came in 1953 in a 20-12 decision in Lincoln.
TV: The game will be on ABC with Bob Wischusen, Play-by-Play; Brock Huard, Analyst and Allison Williams, Sidelines. It can be streamed on WatchESPN or the ESPN app. Playstation Vue streaming includes ESPN in all of its tiers as does Sling’s Orange package (but not the Blue).
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 77 degrees and sunny. It will be very little wind blowing northwest at 7 mph.
Odds: The Huskers are favored by 3 or 3.5 points depending on which source you use.
We may have a secret weapon in the game plan.
Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley has defeated 15 ranked teams during his college coaching career. Last season, Nebraska defeated No. 6 Michigan State, 39-38, in Lincoln.
Huskers aren't the only ones who have to clean it up -- 86.5 yards in penalties a game. Oregon is averaging 94 penalty yards a game.— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) September 16, 2016
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, at his weekly news conference, rattled off the heights and weights of each player along the Nebraska offensive line.
“They’re huge,” Helfrich said. “They’re giant humans, and they can move.”
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf on being in the coach’s box instead of on the field.
“I do like being able to see,” Langsdorf said. “I think my conversation with the staff and with the quarterback have been good. I probably have better information to give (Armstrong). When you’re able to see some things and help them with, ‘OK, this is what they’re doing coverage-wise, or pressure-wise,’ and then making sure we are getting everything communicated correctly.”
Riley on areas of focus for the Oregon game.
"We have to do everything we can to be sound down the field to prevent big plays," "This team (Oregon) has made a living on big plays through the years so it's a big part of their identity, so a good balanced offense will be key."