Nebraska returns to Big Ten action on Saturday with a difficult road test at eighth-ranked and defending Big Ten champion Ohio State.
Nebraska enters the game at 2-6 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten play, following a 45-9 non-conference victory over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday in Lincoln. Nebraska used a fast start to pick up its second straight victory at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers opened a 28-3 edge after the first quarter, scoring on their first three offensive possessions, and led 38-3 at halftime.
Ohio State comes into the game with a 7-1 overall record, including a 4-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play, and did not play last weekend. Ohio State rose to No. 8 in both national polls this week. OSU was ranked among the top five in the nation each week before a loss at Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State features one of the nation’s most explosive offensive attacks, averaging 555.5 yards and 43.0 points per game, with both figures leading the Big Ten.
Saturday’s game at Ohio State will mark the Huskers’ third Big Ten road game of the season against a ranked opponent
Date/Time: November 3, 2018 at 11:00 am CDT
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Capacity: 104.944
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Ohio State leads the all-time series 5-1. The Huskers have never won a game in Columbus.
TV: The game will be televised on Fox with Play-by-Play by Joe Davis, Analyst Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman on the sidelines. You can also stream it 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: At kickoff, it will be 45 degrees and sunny. Winds will be negligible at 7 mph from the west.
Odds: The Buckeyes are favored by 18 points.
-Nebraska and Ohio State have combined for 1,800 all-time victories entering Saturday’s matchup. Ohio State is second all-time with 905 victories, while Nebraska’s 895 wins ranks fifth in college football history.
-Nebraska sophomore receiver JD Spielman is just the third player in school history with a pair of 50-catch seasons, including 53 receptions in 2018. Senior Stanley Morgan Jr. could join the group with six receptions on Saturday against Ohio State.
-Devine Ozigbo has carried the ball 67 times in the past five games for a total of 620 yards. Ozigbo has been stopped for a loss on just one of the 67 carries in those five games. Ozigbo is averaging 124.0 yards per game and 9.3 yards per carry while starting the past five games.
Coach Frost on the offensive line
”Offensive line’s been getting better every week, I think our two young tackles have really grown up, Jerald and Tanner have done a good job for us, Boe has come in and really given us a spark plug, so those guys as a unit are playing pretty well, but we’ve been lucky we’ve stayed healthy at that position and Coach Austin is doing a great job with em so we couldn’t be doing what we’re doing on offense without those guys improving and playing well.”
On who the backup quarterback will be
”Right now it’s Noah, and Bunchy’s perfectly capable and ready to come in too, but I think going into the game it will be Noah.”
On the Huskers’ confidence compared to the first Big Ten road game vs Michigan
”To be honest when we went up to Ann Arbor, I’m not sure the team thought they could win, I think they wanted to but I’m not sure deep down if some of the guys thought they could win. I think we have a team that’s going up there thinking we got a chance if we play well and that’s a big change in improvement, we’re playing a really good team, we’re going to have to play our absolute best to have a chance to beat them, but I think our mindset is in the right place.”