Nebraska opens its Big Ten schedule in Ann Arbor against Michigan on Saturday. It's the Huskers' first road game of the 2018 season.
Nebraska and Michigan rank among the top five all-time college football programs in victories. The two programs also have a combined 88 conference championships and have played in a combined 99 bowl games. Both the Huskers and Wolverines have multiple national titles. The two share the 1997 national title.
This is the 10th meeting between Nebraska and Michigan. The series is currently tied at 4-4-1, with the Huskers holding a 2-1 advantage over the Wolverines since joining the Big Ten in 2011.
Nebraska-Michigan football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: FS1 (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Holly Sonders)
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Sept. 22
Live stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio: Huskers fans can listen to the Nebraska vs. Michigan game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 83 and XM 384. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Weather: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. Much cooler. High around 65 degrees. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Nebraska-Michigan football picks, odds
The line: Nebraska +18, per OddsShark
Nebraska heads to Ann Arbor with an 0-2 record. The Huskers most recently lost to Troy at home, 24-19. While Nebraska controlled the stat sheet for the second straight win, theee turnovers proved to be too costly.
Michigan is Nebraska's first game of the season against a ranked oppnent. The Wolverines enter the matchup ranked No. 19 by the Associated Press and No. 21 in the Coaches Poll.
Saturday's matchup is also the first Big Ten Conference game of coach Scott Frost's career. It's also Frost's first road game as the Huskers' head coach, and his first matchup with a ranked opponent with Nebraska.
As for Michigan, the Wolverines are 2-1 with a season-opening loss to Notre Dame, 24-17, and two consecutive wins against Western Michigan, 49-3, and SMU, 45-20. The defense ranks fourth in the Big Ten in yards allowed per game (276.3) and is yielding 15.7 points a night (also fourth in the conference). The offense is third in the Big Ten in scoring (37 points a game) but 10th in total weekly output.
Michigan has had a better success rate than its opponent in all three games this season. (Yes, even in the loss to Notre Dame; they had a positive postgame win expectancy in that one.) They've lost the turnover battle once, lost the field position battle once and had a worse points-per-scoring-opportunity average once. Each came in the same game. Can you guess which game that was?
One of the team's most talented wideouts, sophomore Tarik Black, remains sidelined following a foot fracture suffered in late August. In his place, sophomore wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones has picked up the slack. He leads all Michigan players with 159 yards and four scores.
The status of running backs Karan Higdon and Chris Evans, the team's two leading rushers, were both up in the air this week but it appears both will be available to playagainst the Huskers. Higdon has 228 yards on 34 carries; Evans has another 172 on 30 carries. Both have two scores each.
Starting quarterback and Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson has thrown for 589 yards, six scores and two picks on a 70.8 percent completion rate. The offense hasn't entirely opened up through the first three games, but his assimilation into Jim Harbaugh's system remains a work in progress.
For a full look at Michigan, visit Derek Peterson's opponent preview on the Wolverines.