The long wait is over. Football season is back and we are all thrilled. If you want a quick way to get caught up on the week and find out what you need to know about this year’s season opener, we’ve got you covered.
First, your TV information for Nebraska vs Arkansas State:
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.
When: Saturday, September 2, at 7 p.m. CT
Listen: Husker Sports Network or Sirius Channel 137, XM 195
It’s opening night for the Huskers after a 9-4 season last year. The Red Wolves come into the season after an 8-5 year in 2016. Blake Anderson’s team won 8 of its final 9 games last season on the way to winning the Sun Belt conference. Arkansas State defensive end Ja’Von Rolland-Jones is 13.5 sacks shy of Terrell Suggs’ FBS career record. We break it down in this week's episode of Hail Varsity's No Huddle.
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>>Nebraska is paying Arkansas State the most of any team in week one for a road game. The sum? A cool $1.65 million.
>>Nebraska and Arkansas State have faced off twice before in 2009 and 2012, both games at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska has outscored the Red Wolves by a combined 80-22.
>>The Huskers are a perfect 12-0 against current Sun Belt schools.
>>Nebraska has won 19 straight home night games in Lincoln.
>> Nebraska has sold out every game since November 3, 1962, a streak of 355 games including Arkansas State.
What They’re Saying
Head coach Mike Riley on having a trio of running backs listed at No. 1 on the depth chart:
“We certainly have a plan. I don’t know that it will be equal in all terms, but there are some strengths there that situationally, they will be moved in and out of the game. We’re not ready to say who’s going to take the first snap (Saturday), I know who is, but until we get further along in the week, we’ll talk about that. In doing what we did, we feel good about those players. They have all, at times in their past, done good things.
Nose tackle Mick Stoltenberg on what Bob Diaco has instilled in the defense:
“Definitely the effort. That’s kind of the big thing. Guys playing for each other and playing hard. It’s something you could see right away. If you weren’t going to buy into his system he wasn’t going to wait for stragglers. So it was definitely the type of thing where when he came in you knew how the culture was going to be and you had to buy in. I think it’s definitely worked.”
Reggie Davis on if it’s difficult to get a team motivated for a Group of 5 opponent:
"I think enough of those quote-unquote upsets have happened in these guys' lifetime, that it's fresh in their mind and they know that they have to come out and play their best ball if they want to win the game."
Must watch: The tradition continues with the latest video reveal of which Huskers received Blackshirts.
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Must read: Derek Peterson’s story on new walk-on wide receiver Chad Alioth Jr.
Must see: A pair of recent Huskers reunited on the field after their NFL preseason game.
Brothers for life.
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.