Nebraska comes into the game with a 3-6 overall record and a 1-5 mark in Big Ten play. The Huskers are coming off a 28-23 home setback against Purdue on Saturday. Nebraska held a 17-14 advantage at halftime, but could not hold the lead, as the Boilermaker defense controlled the Husker offensive attack in the second half to key the victory. Nebraska will be looking to end a three-game losing streak against Ohio State, with the three setbacks coming by a total of 12 points.
Ohio State stands at 7-1 overall and 5-0 in Big Ten Conference play, following a 33-24 victory over No. 20 Penn State on Saturday night in Columbus. Ohio State is ranked No. 6 in this week’s AP poll and stands at No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The victory over Penn State was the sixth straight for the Buckeyes, with Ohio State winning those six contests by an average of 36.2 points. The Buckeyes will enter Lincoln as winners of 26 straight games against Big Ten Conference opponents.
Coach Ryan Day’s team features the top-ranked scoring offense in the country at 47.3 points per game, while ranking second in total offense (548.1 ypg) and sixth in passing offense (346.3 ypg). Defensively, Ohio State ranks in the top 20 nationally in scoring defense (19.2 ppg) and rushing defense (106.9 ypg) and is in the top 10 in turnover margin (+1.0).
Military Appreciation Day: At Saturday’s game against Ohio State, Nebraska Athletics will salute all Veterans and active duty military in attendance. Nebraska will host members of the Nebraska Army Reserve, the Nebraska Air and Army Guard, UNL’s own Military and Veterans Success Center, the Lincoln Roughriders, and many more individuals who have served and/or currently serving. (more at the bottom of the article)
Date/Time: November 6, 2021 at 11:00 am CDT (Big Noon Kickoff Y’all!!) - Don’t forget to chenge your clocks Saturday night!
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 85,458
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Ohio State leads the all-time series 8-1.
TV: The game will be televised on Fox with Play-by-Play by Gus Johnson, Analyst Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft on the sidelines. It can be streamed on Fox Sports 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. If you don’t have a streaming service, you can get a one week free trial of Fubo TV.
Weather: At kickoff, it should be in the mid-upper 50s with sunny skies. It will continue to warm up through the game to the mid 60s. Not bad for a November day in Lincoln! Wind will be from the south-southwest at around 10 mph.
Odds: Ohio State is favored by 14.5 points by the DraftKings Sports Book
Saturday’s matchup with No. 6 Ohio State will mark the Huskers’ fourth game of the season against a nationally ranked opponent. It will be the third game of the year against a top 10 opponent, incuding then No. 3 Oklahoma and then No. 9 Michigan.
Nebraska is averaging 15.0 yards per completion in 2021. The Huskers are one of only three Power Five teams to average at least 15 yards completion, along with Ohio State and Wake Forest.
Nebraska linebacker Luke Reimer had a career-high 19 tackles against Purdue, incuding 12 solo stops. His 19 tackles were the most by a Nebraska player in a Big Ten Conference game and the most since All-American Lavonte David also had 19 against South Dakota State in 2010. The 19 tackles are also tied for the second-most in an FBS game this season.
More on Military Appreciation Day
- United States Army vehicles will be parked on the East Plaza and Stadium Drive including a M1142 Tactical Firetruck and a Jeep with a towed Howitzer.
- Saturday’s pregame ceremony will feature Six Honorary Sentinels to be introduced and stand at attention as the Color Guards pass. The 2021 Honorary Sentinels include: SrMSgt Misty McNamara, Air National Guard, Sioux City, IA, OIF, OEF; Sgt T.J. Thorpe, United States Marine Corps, Lincoln, NE, OIF, OEF; CPO (E7) Douglas Thorpe, United States Navy, Lincoln, NE, Desert Storm, Desert Shield; Jack Payne, United States Army, Omaha, NE, World War Two; Private Vernon Herman, United States Army, West Point, NE, Korea; Specialist E-5 James Gleason, United States Army, Kearney, NE, Vietnam.
- During the National Anthem, HuskerVision will scroll the names of those with Nebraska ties, who lost their lives serving our country since 9-11.
- Fans in attendance who are serving or have served will be asked to stand and be recognized.
- Videos featuring stationed active duty military with Nebraska ties during selected breaks.
- Four veterans from the war in Afghanistan and their families will be in attendance. Staff Sergeant Michael Armstrong of Omaha, NE, Sergeant David Capps of Kearney, NE, Sergeant Thomas Jollifee of Lincoln, NE, and Staff Sergeant Steven Braun of Skokie, IL.
- Nebraska will honor the 13 soldiers killed at the Kabul Airport Attack on August 26, 2021. There will be 13 chairs hosting Nebraska Football Helmets displaying decals of the military branch of each victim; 11 Marines, 1 Sailor, and 1 Soldier located in section 302 in East Stadium.
- Saturday’s POW-MIA Chair Sentinel will feature Seaman First Class Clyde Chester Stoll of Nebraska City, NE. Seaman Stoll, a World War Two veteran served in the United States Navy from 1944-1946.
- They promised to defend, we promise to support. Show our veterans that the Huskers stand with them by picking up a new piece of Operation Hat Trick merchandise. Proceeds from the purchase of Operation Hat Trick go to organizations that provide direct services and support to wounded service members and veterans. OHT items are available at the Nebraska team store or at shop.huskers.com.