Nebraska finishes its 2018 home schedule on Saturday by welcoming Michigan State to Memorial Stadium. Nebraska enters the game at 3-7 overall and 2-5 in Big Ten play, and is coming off a 54-35 victory over Illinois on Saturday in Lincoln. The win was Nebraska’s third straight home victory, with the Huskers topping 45 points in each of those home wins.
The Husker offense continued to roll against the Fighting Illini, racking up 606 yards of offense, including 316 rushing yards. Nebraska has now scored at least 30 points in five straight games and gained 450 yards or more in seven straight contests.
Michigan State will enter the game with a 6-4 record, including a 4-3 mark in Big Ten Conference action. The Spartans are coming off a 26-6 loss to eighth-ranked Ohio State on Saturday in East Lansing. While Nebraska has relied on an explosive offense, Michigan State has been paced by one of the Big Ten’s best defenses. The Spartans rank first nationally in rushing defense, while also ranking in the top 25 nationally in total defense, scoring defense, red zone defense and third-down defense.
Date/Time: November 17, 2018 at 11:00 am CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 85,458
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Nebraska leads the all time series 8-2 and is 5-1 against MSU in Lincoln.
TV: The game will be televised on Fox with Play-by-Play by Brian Custer and analyst Ben Leber. It can be streamed on FoxSportsGo.
Radio: Look for your local radio station on the 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 MacLaughlin.
Weather: Bundle up kids. It’s going to be windy, cloudy, and cold with the temperature at kickoff predicted to be 29 degrees. With 21 mph winds from the NNE, it will feel more like 16 degrees. Reminder from UNLWeibe’s five to lose article, bring cash as the hot chocolate vendors don’t take cards.
Odds: The Spartans are favored by 1-2 points depending on which outlet you read.
The 19-man senior class has accumulated a total of 331 starts in their Nebraska career. The group has eight players with at least 20 starts including Dedrick Young II (41), Jordan Ober (40), Freedom Akinmoladun (39), Aaron Williams (31), Stanley Morgan Jr. (30), Tanner Farmer (28), Jerald Foster (26) and Mick Stoltenberg (24).
Eight of Nebraska’s 19 seniors are playing the 2018 season as graduate students, with another eight players set to graduate in December.
- Freedom Akinmoladun, DE, Grandview, Mo.
- Cole Conrad, OL, Fremont, Neb.
- Tanner Farmer, OL, Highland, Ill.
- Jerald Foster, OL, Lincoln, Neb.
- Luke Gifford, LB, Lincoln, Neb.
- Matt Jarzynka, DL, Loup City, Neb.
- Bo Kitrell, RB, Ashland, Neb.
- Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, New Orleans, La.
- Tre Neal, DB, Atlanta, Ga.
- Peyton Newell, DL, Hiawatha, Kan.
- Jordan Ober, LS, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Devine Ozigbo, RB, Sachse, Texas
- Antonio Reed, DB, Memphis, Tenn.
- Bryan Reimers, WR, Lincoln, Neb.
- Austin Rose, RB, Lincoln, Neb.
- Mick Stoltenberg, DL, Gretna, Neb.
- Mikale Wilbon, RB, Chicago, Ill.
- Aaron Williams, DB, Atlanta, Ga.
- Dedrick Young II, LB, Peoria, Ariz.
Nebraska has scored at least 30 points in five straight games, marking the first time the Huskers have topped 30 points in five consecutive games since the first five games of 2014. Nebraska’s streak of four straight 30-point games in conference play is its longest since 2001.
Stanley Morgan Jr. is poised to establish Nebraska career records for receptions and receiving yards. Morgan needs four receptions and 91 yards in the final two games to surpass Kenny Bell on both of those career receiving charts.
Head Coach Scott Frost on the team’s work ethic, especially this late in the year when injuries and fatigue are more of a factor.
”It’s been a good week again. This time of year we’ve got some guys a little banged up and got some guys that are run down a little bit so that’s typical this time of year. Guys have got to be able to step up. There’s eight days left in this season and even if the guys’ gas tanks are a little low, they’ve got to find what they can and finish it. It’s been a great week, and we need some warriors on Saturday.”
On what makes Michigan State so successful against the run.
”They’re aggressive first and foremost, they get their guys playing really hard. They know their schemes real well so they know where they’re supposed to be and supposed to fit. You see their defensive line not giving any ground and a bunch of guys coming to fit and cap things off.
“There’s been a couple weeks where I watch big play reels with runs over 12 yards and some teams we’ve played have had about 50 runs of over 12 yards, but Michigan State has 10 in 10 games, so it’s going to be a challenge for us. We run it well but this will be one of our biggest tests.”
On Senior Day
”These guys are going to mean a lot to me as long as I’m coaching here, this first group because this is going to be the group that had to go through the growing pains of change and everything, and without really good leaders and good seniors that wouldn’t have happened. I’ve said this a bunch but this team could’ve gone a hundred different directions when we were struggling early on and getting bad breaks and losing games. It couldn’t have started any worse and this team held together and got better through that, and now we’re dangerous. We are a team that can beat just about anybody in this league, we have to play well to have a chance, but we’re a dangerous team. The culture’s better, everybody’s having more fun, it’s starting to get right and without this group of guys that are leaving the program that never could’ve happened.”