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Nebraska-Michigan State Set For Another Early Kickoff

November 11, 2018

At this point, it would probably be best to just set a weekly 11 a.m. alarm on Saturdays.

For the fourth straight week, Nebraska (3-7, 2-5 Big Ten) will kick off at 11 a.m. CT next Saturday when it welcomes Michigan State (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) to Memorial Stadium. 

Electing to use its second six-day pick last week for the Nov. 17 slate of conference games, the Big Ten announced kick times early Sunday morning. The meeting between the Huskers and Spartans will be broadcast on FOX.

It'll mark the eighth time this season Nebraska will play at 11 a.m. (The Huskers' Black Friday meeting with Iowa has already been announced as an 11 a.m. kick.) Nebraska had just seven of those combined from 2015 to 2017, according to The Bottom Line's Mike'l Severe.

Maybe head coach Scott Frost likes it that way. Under this new coaching staff, the Huskers have moved from practicing in the mid-to-late afternoon to practicing as the sun rises. Frost has said on several occasions he prefers having his players up and moving around earlier. 

The Huskers have played in just one night game in 2018, a road contest with Wisconsin on Oct. 6. The season-opener on Sept. 1 against Akron was scheduled for a night kick but canceled due to weather.

The Nov. 17 tilt will mark the 11th meeting all-time between Nebraska and Michigan State. The Huskers own an 8-2 record against the Spartans all-time and a 3-2 record since joining the Big Ten. Easily the most memorable of those five games came the last time these two teams met.

In 2015, sixth-ranked Michigan State visited Memorial Stadium for a November game. The Spartans were a perfect 8-0 on the season. Nebraska scored 13 points in the game's final four minutes — including a game-winning touchdown from quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. to wideout Brandon Reilly with 17 seconds left — to stun the Spartans.

Michigan State won't enter Saturday's meeting with the same profile, but it figures to still be a tight contest. The Spartans have won games at Penn State and home versus Purdue on the season and bring in a top-10 defense nationally in S&P+. 

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