Nebraska (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) is on the road to face Minnesota (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) for a Big Ten West Division battle. The matchup marks the Huskers’ eighth game in eight consecutive weeks, and their second-to-last road game for the 2021 season.
The matchup is Nebraska’s 62nd all-time meeting with Minnesota. The two have met for 11 consecutive seasons as Big Ten opponents. The Golden Gophers hold a 34-25-2 lead in the all-time series.
Nebraska-Minnesota football TV channel, time, live stream
TV Channel: ESPN2
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Date: Saturday, October 16
Live stream:The game can be streamed on ESPN3.
Radio: Nebraska fans can listen to the game on the new Huskers Radio Network. Internet radio, as well as a Spanish broadcast, will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Huntington Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Weather: We’re headed to Minnesota in October. This time of year can have us thinking about cold and snow chances. Not this time, though! This may very well be a top 10 day for football. Maybe a top five.
Nebraska-Minnesota football picks, odds
The line: Nebraska -4
(per the VI Consensus)
Nebraska comes into Saturday’s matchup following another heartbreaking loss, this time against No. 9 Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Huskers with a field goal with 1:24 remaining in the game, escaping Lincoln with a 32-29 victory.
Minnesota enters Saturday’s matchup with Nebraska following a bye week. The Golden Gophers defeated Purdue, 20-13, the week prior on Oct. 2.
Minnesota and head coach P.J. Fleck have one of the Big Ten’s best defenses. The Gophers are currently ranked second in the conference and fifth national in rushing defense at 77 yards per game. Minnesota also has a strong scoring defense (19.6 points per game) and total defense (307.8 yards allowed per game).
“Last couple years, they’ve really packed the box and made it really tough on us to run it,” Nebraska coach Scott Frost said. “So we have to do a good job coming off the ball and creating things and trying to get things on their secondary.”
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez currently leads the Huskers with 450 rushing yards on the season. Nebraska will need its running backs to help out too, and freshman Rahmir Johnson appears to have become the go-to back in recent weeks. Against Michigan, Johnson rushed for 67 yards on 17 carries. He added six receptions for 105 receiving yards and one touchdown.
On offense for Minnesota, the Gophers have a strong run game that is averaging nearly 34 minutes per game in time of possession. Minnesota’s offense also ranks second in the Big Ten in average rushing attempts per game with 45.6, right behind Wisconsin. The Gophers, who are averaging 4.21 yards per carry, eighth in the conference, don’t have a diverse attack, but are good at what they do.
“They have some really big guys up front and they’ve had some great backs and answers off the run,” Frost said. “So our defense has to be ready to do the best they can against the run and make sure not to get hit with anything tricky or new.”
What else do you need to know? Here’s a look at what the Huskers said leading up to the matchup with Minnesota:
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