It’s back to reality after Nebraska’s bye week. Hopefully the Huskers got the much needed rest because Indiana won’t be an easy matchup. Nebraska will have to compete with a tough passing and “potent” running team. It’s enough to worry even the most confident fans.
What do you need to know as you prepare for Saturday? We’ve got fun facts, quotes and much more in our Indiana-Nebraska cheat sheet.
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
When: Saturday, October 15, at 2:30 p.m. CT
Watch: ABC (Regional)/ESPN2 (Outside B1G region)
Listen: Husker Sports Network or Sirius Channel 132, XM 196
The last time the Nebraska Huskers and Indiana Hoosiers met? 1978. A lot has changed since then… What do you need to know about the Hoosiers now? We’ve got the answers in this week’s episode of Hail Varsity’s No Huddle.
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>> Nebraska and Indiana have not met since 1978. Before that, the two had only met four times since 1959.
>> The two programs were originally scheduled to play in 2015 but that changed after the adoption of the Big Ten’s East-West format.
>> If Nebraska defeats Indiana, it will be the first 6-0 start for the Huskers since opening with 11 straight wins in the 2001 season.
What They’re Saying
Head coach Mike Riley on being ranked in the top 10 in the country:
“I think it’s great being in the top 10. That’s where we want to head. That’s where we want to continue to grow and get better in. From starting outside of it, to getting to where we are right now is very good. We certainly don’t have to back down or try to skirt around that, because that’s exactly what we want to do: continue to grow in the polls and win games. So we’re pleased with where we are at, knowing that at this stage, all it is just about a mid-season ranking. So we have to continue to get better and to win the next game.”
Offensive lineman Dylan Utter on playing Indiana for the first time:
“They have some games that are on film, so we can kind of get a feel for them. We got to watch them play Ohio State on Saturday. They played them tough, so we definitely aren’t taking this team lightly, like we don’t do any other team. We’re going to give them our best effort and play well.”
Defensive end Ross Dzuris on the challenges of Indiana’s offense:
“They are a real good group, well-coached on offense, pretty good experienced offensive line. They have three running backs or so that they use. They are all good runners. They have good wide receiver corps and they have been playing pretty well on offense, so a lot of challenges.”
Kicker Drew Brown on touchbacks:
“A touchback is always the goal. The only time I wouldn’t try to kick it out of the back of the end zone is if we’re pooch kicking, which we haven’t done that this season. I think our coaches’ opinion is you want to attempt to get a touchback because that just diminishes the return, or chance for a touchdown, or a big return. We’re always going to kick it deep and let our guys cover.”
Must Watch: Nebraska volleyball’s latest video on Twitter.
Our bench leads @NCAAVolleyball in celebrations per set*
*unofficial stat, but probably true. pic.twitter.com/IOuRY2veJq
— Husker Volleyball (@Huskervball) October 12, 2016
Must Read: Wide receiver target Joseph Lewis wrote a blog for USA Today and it’s worth the read.
Must See: The latest cover of Hail Varsity magazine. You’ll like it.
We put together a team of the #Huskers‘ best walk-ons for the latest issue of Hail Varsity.
— Hail Varsity (@HailVarsity) October 10, 2016
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.