Nebraska is coming off a bye week and begins the homestretch of the season, which includes three of the final four games in Lincoln. Nebraska enters the Purdue game with a 3-5 overall record, including a 1-4 mark in Big Ten play, after a 30-23 setback at Minnesota on Oct. 16. The Huskers rallied from a 12-point deficit, but could not convert on multiple red-zone chances in the road loss. Each of Nebraska’s five losses this season have come by eight or fewer points.
Purdue heads to Lincoln with a 4-3 overall record, including a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play. Purdue’s past three games have come against a tough Big Ten West stretch of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. The highlight of that run for Purdue was a dominant 24-7 victory at then-No. 2 Iowa on Oct. 16, pushing the Boilermakers into the national rankings, before a home loss to Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Jeff Brohm’s team features one of the nation’s most improved defensive units. Purdue allows 301.6 total yards and just 16.3 points per game to rank in the top four in the Big Ten in both of those categories. Offensively, the Boilermakers once again feature one of the nation’s top passing attacks, averaging 317.6 yards per game through the air, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally. Receiver David Bell ranks sixth nationally in receiving yards per game at 118.7 yards per contest, including a 240-yard effort at Iowa.
Date/Time: October 30, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 85,458
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Nebraska leads the all-time series with Purdue 5-4.
TV: The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Play-by-Play by Roy Philpott, analyst Kelly Stouffer and Lauren Sisler on the sidelines. It can be streamed on ESPN app with a login from your service provider.
More streaming options: The official Huskers app is available on iTunes and Google Play. The audio of Husker games is no longer available on TuneIn. Another streaming option is Fubo TV (there is a seven-day free trial)
Weather: At kickoff, the temperature will be approaching 60 degrees and stay in that range throughout the game. It will be mostly sunny and wind could be a factor with NW winds at 10-20 mph.
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 7.5 points according to the DraftKings sports book
The Nebraska passing game has been much improved and more explosive in 2021. The Huskers are averaging 9.47 yards per pass attempt to rank seventh in the nation in that category. Nebraska is on pace to set a school record in that category in 2021.
Tight end Austin Allen has six receptions of 20 yards or more this season, with five of those in the past two games. His six catches of 20-plus yards lead all Big Ten tight ends. He ranks among the top three among Big Ten tight ends in receptions, receptions per game, yards per catch and total receiving yards.
Cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt has played his best football the past two weeks combining for 18 tackles. Taylor-Britt also has an interception, three pass breakups, two TFL and a sack in the past two games.