Nebraska returns to action following a bye week, as it travels to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten West division matchup. The Huskers head to West Lafayette with a 3-4 record and a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play, following consecutive setbacks against top-10 foes Wisconsin and Ohio State, prior to a bye week. The Huskers remain in a tie for second place in the West Division with its 2-2 league mark, and has four remaining games against divisional opponents in the final five weeks, beginning with Saturday's game at Purdue.
Purdue has shown signs of being one of the nation's most improved teams in 2017, particularly at home at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers have posted a 3-4 record and a 1-3 Big Ten mark in their first season under Head Coach Jeff Brohm. Purdue has posted a 2-1 record at home this season with their only setbak against nationally ranked Michigan.
Purdue is coming off a narrow 14-12 loss at Rutgers on Saturday, in a game the Boilermakers dominated statistically, outgaining Rutgers 474 yards to 217 yards. Three of the Boilermakers' four losses this season have come against teams that were nationally ranked at game time, with two of those losses by eight or fewer points.
Date/Time: October 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN Capacity: 57,236
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Series Record: Nebraska holds a 3-2 edge in the all time series.
TV: The game will be televised on BTN with Brandon Gaudin, Play-by-Play; Glen Mason, Analyst; and Michelle McMahon, Sidelines. The game can be streamed on BTN2Go with a login from your TV service provider.
Radio: Huskers sports radio network. The audio can also be streamed live for free at huskers.com The crew will be: Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, and Ben McLaughlin. It will also be simulcast on Sirius: 81 and XM: 81.
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 an in-app purchase. I often use the TuneIn app for game audio.
Weather: At kickoff, the temperature will be 41 degrees with westerly winds at 8 mph.
Odds: Purdue is favored by 4-5 points depending on which outlet you look at. One, Unibet, deviates from the rest by setting a 1.5 point advantage for the Boilermakers.
Nebraska redshirt freshman J.D. Spielman has 19 receptions on third or fourth down. That ties for the third-most receptions on third or fourth down in the nation and is first in the Big Ten. Spielman's five fourth-down receptions are the most in the nation.
Nebraska will be playing its fourth consecutive night game on Saturday in West Lafayette. Nebraska has had just two longer stretches of night games in school history, most recently a five-game stretch of night games in 2014.
Nebraska junior I-back Devine Ozigbo needs 28 rushing yards on Saturday to join the Nebraska career 1,000-yard rushing club. Ozigbo would become the 65th Cornhusker player to have 1,000 career rushing yards.
Coach Riley - on plans to get Matt Farniok involved on the offensive line
“We’re pushing Matt in there, he rotated in at guard, even, last week. I think that it’s really important to look at players, even as you go, and decide what might be the best fit for them position-wise. Who he is as an athlete might be better fitted inside, so we’ve taken a look at him in there, but yes we would like to play him. He’s still hampered a little bit by that cast, but he appears to be getting more and more functional with it.”
On how the bye week helped coaches reassess
“What we did was we did a lot of self-evaluation, and working with our team. Not Necessarily game planning, but just working on whatever we saw as we evaluated those things that would be necessary to help our players get better. So the reassessment of the work has to do with how we can help the players, and then also to have a good picture of what is important for us to emphasize doing.”
On quarterback recruiting
“We have re-evaluated the whole idea of whether or not to wait and just get a guy in 2019. I like the room the way it is, I want to keep a small room in the quarterback room. But, when you look at the big picture in the future it made us think ‘maybe this would be smart to continue to look if we find the right ’18 guy.’ Obviously, through the year we watch a lot of video even while we’re preparing for games. We’ve kept an eye on a few and for me, that’s kind of been one of the things I’ve always done on a bye week is go see a quarterback or two if I can. So, we had two likely suspects to take a look at.”