Nebraska takes to the road for the first time in 2018, traveling to Michigan for the Big Ten opener. The matchup between two of college football’s iconic programs will kick off at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised on FS1 and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska and Michigan both rank among the top five all-time in college football in victories and have combined to win 88 conference championships and play in 99 bowl games. Both schools have a history of national championships, most recently sharing the 1997 national title.
Nebraska will head to Ann Arbor looking for its first victory of 2018, following a second close home loss in a 24-19 setback against Troy. The Huskers controlled the stat sheet for a second straight win, but had three costly turnovers in dropping to 0-2.
Michigan will enter Saturday’s game with a 2-1 record following a 45-20 victory over SMU on Saturday in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines dropped their opener at No. 8 Notre Dame, but have rolled to wins the past two weeks, outscoring the opposition 94-23. Michigan has made a statement in the running game, churning out 308 and 237 yards on the ground the past two weeks.
Date/Time: September 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. CDT
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI Capacity: 107,601
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Saturday’s matchup will be the tenth all-time meeting between the schools. The series is tied at 4-4-1. Nebraska holds a 2-1 advantage since joining the Big Ten in 2011. Of course, we all know that the Huskers would have a lead in the series if that 1997 game could have been arranged, amirite?
TV: The game will be televised on FS1 with Tim Brando on play-by-play, analyst: Spencer Tillman, and sidelines: Holly Sonders. It can be streamed on Fox Sports Go with a login from your cable, satellite, or streaming provider.
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 cool and partly cloudy, 55 degrees. The wind will be from the north, northeast at 6 mph.
Odds: Michigan is favored by 17.5-18.5 points depending on the source.
- Nebraska sophomore receiver JD Spielman will be playing in his 14th career game on Saturday at Michigan.Spielman needs 58 receiving yards to reach 1,000 career yards, which would mark the fastest Husker to the 1,000-yard plateau. Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers accomplished the feat in 16 games.
- Nebraska is one of only seven teams in the FBS to rank among the top 25 nationally in both rushing offense and rushing defense. The Huskers are the only Big Ten team in that group and join Air Force, Cincinnati, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
Scott Frost on the week of practice leading up to Nebraska’s first road game Saturday at Michigan.
”It was a good week,” Frost said. “Still a lot of things we’re working on, a lot of things we have to fix, but the guys are excited to play.”
Frost on going up against an aggressive Michigan defense, led by coordinator Don Brown.
”He’s got good players to work with and they have good scheme,” Frost said. “They take away just about everything easy that should be there and make you earn it. They’re going to play hard. I’m sure we’re playing a young quarterback or a backup quarterback. They’ll be coming over the walls on blitzes so we’ll have to be ready for all that.”
On the quarterback front, Frost gave an update on the status of true freshman Adrian Martinez, who missed the Troy game last week due to injury.
”He’s further along,” Frost said. “Again, it isn’t just, ‘is he ready to go’, it’s ‘is he ready to go mentally and physically to the point where he can protect himself in the game and make sure he stays healthy’. He’s really close. We’ve got to make a final decision.”