Nebraska will play its third home game in four weeks on Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers welcome Rutgers to Memorial Stadium for the 2017 Homecoming contest. The Huskers enter Saturday's contest with a 1-2 record following a 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois in Lincoln. The Husker defense held NIU in check throughout the game, but two costly interceptions for touchdowns spelled the difference in the setback.
The game against Rutgers marks the Huskers' 2017 Big Ten opener. A year ago, the Huskers posted a 6-3 conference record to finish in second place in the Big Ten West. Since joining the Big Ten in 2011, Nebraska has posted a 4-2 record in Big Ten Conference openers, including a win at Northwestern in last year's league opener.
Nebraska will also be looking to extend its success on Homecoming, which includes winning its past eight Homecoming contests. Rutgers will come to Lincoln with a 1-2 record after a 65-0 victory over Morgan State on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights are in their second season under Head Coach Chris Ash, and have been strong on defense in 2017. Rutgers is allowing just 297.1 yards per game, including less than 100 rushing yards per contest.
In addition to Homecoming activities on Saturday, Nebraska Athletics will also honor the Nebraska 150 Celebration at Saturday's home game. Throughout 2017, Nebraska is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its statehood in 1867.
Date/Time: September 23, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 85,458
Surface: Field Turf
Opposition Blog: Check out On The Banks for everything Rutgers
Series Record: Nebraska leads the all-time series with Rutgers 3-0.
TV: The game will be televised on BTN with Brandon Gaudin, Play-by-Play; Glen Mason, Analyst; and Elise Menaker, Sidelines. It can be streamed on BTN2Go with a login from your service provider.
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 nearly 90 degrees with strong winds from the south at 16 mph. Bring your water bottles.
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 12 points (Really)
Nebraska has won all three Big Ten openers when opening league play at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers have defeated Wisconsin in 2012 and Illinois (2013, 2014) in Big Ten openers in Lincoln.
Stanley Morgan Jr. has 18 receptions through three games this season. His 18 receptions are the most by a Husker through three games in school history.