Nebraska (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) completes its 2019 road schedule on Saturday against Maryland (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten). The matchup marks Nebraska’s first-ever trip to see the Terrapins. It is also the Huskers’ first game ever in the state of Maryland.
The matchup is also only the second meeting between the two programs since becoming members of the Big Ten, which also happens to be the only two meetings between the two in programs ever. The Huskers previously defeated Maryland, 28-7, in Lincoln in 2016.
Nebraska-Maryland football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: BTN (Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Elise Menaker)
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, November 23
Live stream: FOX Sports GO
Radio: Huskers fans can listen to the Nebraska vs. Maryland game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on XM 384. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland
Weather: Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will give way to cloudy skies and rain in the afternoon. High of 49 degrees. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.
Nebraska-Maryland football picks, odds
The line: Nebraska -5
(per the VI Consensus)
Nebraska needs a win. Maryland needs a win. That’s not a secret and even Coach Scott Frost addressed that very fact early in the week leading up to the matchup with the Terrapins.
“I think they’re a team that’s on a growth curve similar to us,” Frost said. “You see them do a lot of really good things. I think they’re really athletic. Obviously, the results probably haven’t been what they wanted similar to where we are right now. I think it’s two teams that both need a win and I think both teams are probably going to pour a lot into this.”
The Huskers are favored to win this one, but they’ve also been favored in eight matchups in 2019. Can this be the one where Nebraska starts firing on all cylinders though?
A lot of eyes will be on Nebraska’s defense, who has given up 29.9 points per game. That’s good for third-worst in the Big Ten, which is only ranked ahead of Rutgers and, well, Maryland. Most of Nebraska’s defensive stats and rankings aren’t very good at this point.
With that said, Maryland’s offense isn’t exactly the most explosive. Over the Terrapins’ last three games, they’ve averaged just just 10.3 points and 194 yards. That should give Nebraska’s defense some room to bounce back and gain some confidence again.
It’ll also be interesting to see what the Huskers’ offense can do. Running back Dedrick Mills had a big game against Wisconsin, despite the loss. Can he do it again against the Terrapins? It’d certainly be helpful. Quarterback Adrian Martinez also seemed to find his groove again against Wisconsin, and the Huskers are hoping that carries into the new week.
All in all, Frost is right. This is a game both teams want—and need—to win. If nothing else, that should make the Huskers’ first trip to Maryland an interesting one.