It's Nebraska's season opener, 2.0. After the Huskers' original season opener with Akron was canceled due to severe weather, coach Scott Frost and his team will get a second attempt Saturday against Colorado.
Nebraska and Colorado are familiar foes. The two programs were conference rivals for more than 60 years, spanning the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 Conference. Both the Huskers and Buffs departed the Big 12 before the 2011 season, with Nebraska going to the Big Ten and Colorado going to the Pac-12.
Saturday's matchup is the first of four between the two programs between 2018 and 2024.
Nebraska-Colorado football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: ABC (Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams)
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Sept. 8
Live stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Huskers fans can listen to the Nebraska-Colorado game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 105 and XM 195. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.
Weather: Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 72 degrees. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Nebraska-Colorado football picks, odds
The line: Nebraska -3, per OddsShark
While Nebraska has film on Colorado, the Buffs don't have any recent film on the Huskers. Nebraska's Week 1 matchup with Akron was canceled due to severe weather.
Despite the canceled game, the Huskers regrouped and are "ready as can be" for Colorado according to Frost.
“These guys are as ready as they can be and as prepared as we know how to make them,” Frost said when he met with gathered media Thursday. “We didn’t get the experience of the game and I think the level of our team rose despite that, so I was thrilled to see that happen in practice. I think there’s a lot of room for improvement, a lot of ways to get better, but I saw a huge jump from last week to this week.”
Colorado comes into the matchup 1-0 after a 45-13 victory over Colorado State in Week 1. The Buffs were impressive wth 596 total yards of offense, including 338 yards through the air and 258 rushing yards.
Quarterback Steven Montez had himself a game, throwing for 338 yards and four touchdowns while completing 88 percent of his passes (22-for-25, 13.5 yards per attempt). He ran for another 34 yards and a score on the ground.
Nearly two-thirds of Montez's passing yardage went to sophomore wideout Laviska Shenault Jr., who finished the day with 11 catches for 211 yards and a score. He had seven catches for 168 yards all of 2017. Another 112 yards went to sophomore wideout K.D. Nixon. Nixon was primarily a return man in 2017.
Later on in this piece, it's mentioned that most of Montez's top targets from a season ago left, so it would be imperative for some new weapons to emerge. Seems like they have.
As for the defense, the jury is still out on that. Colorado State is an objectively terrible football team at the moment.
In two games to begin the season, the Rams have given up 88 points, 1,213 yards on an 8.8 yards-per-play average, seven passing touchdowns and they've only produced three turnovers. The offense has yet to produce a single rushing touchdown on the ground, is averaging 3.4 yards a carry and after a 500-yard passing performance in Week 1, collapsed in Week 2.
Saturday should be a better gauge of Colorado's ability.
For a full look at Colorado, visit Derek Peterson's opponent preview on the Buffs.