Nebraska is coming off of an unexpected bye week after their game with Wisconsin was canceled due to COVID. They are 0-1, losing to Ohio State two weeks ago. The Huskers did rack up 210 yards rushing against a good Buckeye defense.
They will face a 2-0 Northwestern team who is won a nail-biter against Iowa last Saturday. The Wildcats defense have allowed just 11.5 points and 250 yards per game so far this season. They also had three take aways in the victory against the Hawkeyes.
Peyton Ramsey, a grad transfer from Indiana, leads the Northwestern offense. He has thrown for 342 yards and one touchdown so far this season. Isaiah Bowser leads the rushing attach with 155 yards.
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Date/Time: November 7, 2020. 11 AM CDT
Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
Surface: Natural Grass
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Series Record: Nebraska leads 8-5.
TV: The game will be televised on BIG Network. Cory Provus will do the play-by-play, with J Leman and Olivia Dekker as the analysits. It can also be streamed on the Fox Sports App with your cable or dish log in.
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. Satellite radio options include: XM Simulcast 382 or Sirius Simulcast 138.
Weather: Sunny with a high of 60.
Odds: Northwestern is favored by 3.5.
Each of the last three meetings between the Huskers and the Wildcats have been decided in overtime or on the final play of the game.
This is the first time in 25 years that the Huskers have opened the season with two road games.
Turner Corcoran is the true first freshman offensive lineman to play in a season opener since 2011.
Head Coach Scott Frost on the receiving core
“For all those young guys, it’s a matter of just being here, being here consistently and continuing to learn. Though sometimes not their fault, they just haven’t been able to get the reps and get the experience, but when those guys are around, we recruited them for a reason, they’re talented, they just need to keep learning and get more consistent.”
“They all got set back a little bit, whether it was a virus or an injury or an absence, but they’re getting close.”
Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander on Myles Farmer
“He’s practiced the right way all through this fall camp, knowing that his shot is one play away, and he’s ready to take it.”
And Noa Pola-Gates
“The gap that they’ve bridged so to speak is they’re catching up in knowledge of the game. You could always tell when they first got here, both of those guys are super athletic. Myles is a really long kid and Noa is as twitchy of a guy that’s on the football team. So it’s just knowing what to be and being able to have the coaches be able to trust them snap in, snap out.”
Offensive Line Coach Greg Austin on mixing younger players into the game
“It’s all in an effort to continue to evolve the young guys but then also to keep the old guys healthy,”
“I think they learned a lot about themselves in the process of having that first game, especially a game against a really good defensive line, a really good defense,”