After a too-close-for-comfort win last week against Arkansas State, Nebraska will hit the road to face off with the Oregon Ducks in Eugene. The Ducks did well in their first game under new head coach Willie Taggart beating Southern Utah 77-21.
First, your TV information for Nebraska at Oregon:
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene Ore.
When: Saturday, September 9, at 3:30p.m. CT
Listen: Husker Sports Network or Sirius Channel 98, XM 198
Last year, Nebraska beat Oregon in Lincoln in a thrilling 35-32 game. This game will be a measuring stick of sorts for both programs. The Ducks have the first real test of the season under a first year head coach and a well-respected new defensive coordinator. Nebraska is getting to run the type of offense Mike Riley was hired to run and is undergoing an overhaul on defense led by Bob Diaco.
We break it down in this week's episode of Hail Varsity's No Huddle.
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>>Zero is a magic number. It’s the number of times Nebraska turned the ball over last week. The Huskers have been turnover free in four of the last five games dating back to last season.
>>Saturday marked the ninth time Nebraska has rushed for 200 yards or more under Mike Riley. It is 9-0 in those games.
>>Nebraska is 2-0 against Pac-12 opponents under Mike Riley and 23-8 against the conference since 1983 in regular season games.
>>Tanner Lee’s 238 passing yards were the third most by any NU quarterback making their debut.
What They’re Saying
Head coach Mike Riley on going back to Oregon:
“It’s exciting to do that. I’m not all that fired up about the ticket requests I’ve got coming, but it’s all right. It actually is pretty neat. I embrace things like this as pretty unique personal opportunities that are just that, they’re personal. This is not about me going back to Oregon. This is about the Nebraska team playing the Ducks, but it is fun for me. I’ve spent a lot of time, and had too many hard times in that stadium, so we’re excited to go play and win the game for this 2017 team. I do like revisiting that history because I appreciated it so much. All of those times were special. I watched games in that stadium when I was a kid.”
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf on JD Spielman’s role this week:
“He’s critical, the coverages that they play, they do a nice job of changing it up. They disguise well and give you a lot of different looks, but that inside receiver is big. A lot of times, he’s critical in finding the hole in the zone.”
Linebacker Chris Weber on challenges of playing at Oregon:
“We are playing in their house, a team that we got last year so I’m sure they’re going to be ready to go. They’re going to want to beat us and playing in their place is going to be loud, so it’s going to be a challenge.”
Must Watch: JD Spielman’s first time touching the ball in college was a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
How do you answer an insane punt return TD from Arkansas State?
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 3, 2017
Must Read: Brandon Vogel’s reasoned, stat-based take on why the defense will be fine.
Must See: Air quality was deemed so dangerous early in the week that Oregon had to leave town to practice.
The smoky view from inside Autzen Stadium. pic.twitter.com/za1VFqVnnc
— Tyson Alger (@tysonalger) September 5, 2017
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.