Nebraska is hitting the road for the first time of the 2019 season. The Huskers are set to meet a former foe in Colorado on Saturday at Folsom Field in Boulder. The trip comes after a 35-21 season opening win for Nebraska over Southern Alabama last week.
The Huskes and Buffaloes are more than familiar with one another. The two were in the same conference for more than 60 years. That spanned the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12. When Nebraska moved to the Big Ten in 2011, Colorado departed for the Pac-12.
The Huskers currently hold a 49-19-2 edge in the series.
Nebraska-Colorado football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: FOX (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman)
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, September 7
Live stream: Fox Sports
Radio: Nebraska fans can listen to the game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 83 and XM 83. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
Weather: Mostly cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High of 87 degrees. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Nebraska-Colorado football picks, odds
The line: Nebraska -4
(per the VI Consensus)
Colorado comes into the matchup with Nebraska following a 52-31 win over Colorado State in Week 1. The Buffs ran for 243 yards and passed for 232 yards in the victory. Despite trailing later in the second quarter, Colorado managed to outscore Colorado State the rest of the game to secure the victory.
Both Nebraska and Colorado are looking for the second win of the season on Saturday. When the two met in 2018, the Buffs won 33-28 at Memorial Stadium.
Despite Colorado’s win last season, quarterback Adrian Martinez had a nice outing against the Buffs. He went 15-20 passing for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns. However, most fans remember what happened in the fourth quarter—when Nebraska led 28-27—more than anything. A Colorado linebacker appeared to twist his leg after a tackle, forcing the injured Martinez to depart the game.
Despite Martinez’s performance against the Buffs last season, Colorado’s Davion Taylor didn’t leave impressed.
“We have to keep him in the pocket and make him pass,” Taylor said this week. “If we make him pass, I feel like that’s probably one of his weaknesses.”
For what it’s worth, here are Martinez’s passing stats from 2018:
- 238 yards per game
- 64.6% completion rate
- 7.5 yds/attempt
- 2:1 TD/INT ratio
Regardless, plenty are expecting a lot of offense between the two programs on Saturday. As Nebraska has offensive weapon Maurice Washington, Colorado has Alex Fontenot. Fontenot had 19 carries for 125 yards and three touchdowns against Colorado State.
And then there are those Colorado wide receivers: juniors Laviska Shenault Jr. and K.D. Nixon. The two combined for 1,754 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns in 2018 (Shenault accounted for 1,126 of those yards and 11 touchdowns on his own).
The Blackshirts will be out to stop the Colorado offense from doing what it does best. And against South Alabama, the defense did just that. The Huskers forced five turnovers and scored two touchdowns. Can they repeat that in Week 2? We’ll see.
Long story short: Saturday should be a good matchup for an old Big 12 rivalry.
It should also be noted that Saturday’s matchup between the two programs will highlight mental health awareness.