Nebraska (3-5, 2-3 Big Ten) hosts Minnesota (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) on Saturday for a Big Ten West matchup.
The Huskers and the Golden Gophers have met every year since Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference in 2011. However, the two also faced off a number of times before the Huskers joined the Big Ten. That means that the Huskers have faced the Gophers more than any other Big Ten team, and Saturday marks the 63rd all-time between the two schools.
Minnesota currently holds a 35-25-2 advantage in the series, as well as a 6-5 edge since 2011.
Nebraska-Minnesota football TV channel, time, live stream
TV Channel: ESPN2
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5
Live stream: ESPN app (with TV provider)
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: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Weather: Other than a lingering shower chance early, we’re going to have decent November weather for the‘ matchup with Minnesota.
Nebraska-Minnesota football picks, odds
The line: Minnesota -14.5
(per the VI Consensus)
Nebraska enters Saturday’s matchup following a 26-9 loss to No. 17 Illinois last Saturday. Despite leading by a three-point advantage midway through the second quarter, Illinois scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes of the first half and never gave up control. The Huskers also had to play without starting quarterback Casey Thompson for most of the game after he was injured in the second quarter.
Thompson is now a game-time decision against Minnesota, although interim head coach Mickey Joseph said the quarterback is making his case to play.
“He’s got to tell me that he’s ready to go,” Joseph said on Thursday. “But then I gotta have enough sense to say you’re ready or you’re not.”
If Thompson does not play, Joseph and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple expect Nebraska to utilize both Logan Smothers and Chubba Purdy in his place.
Minnesota comes to Lincoln with a stout defense. The Gophers allowed just 134 total yards in a 31-0 shutout victory over Rutgers last Saturday. Minnesota is allowing just 274.4 total yards and 14.4 points per game so far this season, while allowing 10 or fewer points in five of eight games.
On the offensive side of things, Minnesota currently averages 22.8 yards per game on the ground to rank 12th nationally and second in the Big Ten. Senior running back Mo Ibrahim will be a challenge for the Huskers, as he currently averages 142.6 rushing yards per game and ranks among the top 10 rushers in the country.
With that said, Nebraska edge Garrett Nelson said on Tuesday that the Huskers are up for the challenge.
“They are the next stop sign,” Nelson said. “We know our job and what we need to do. It’s going to be sick to go beat them. Like I said, just control the things we can control.”
For more on what to expect from Minnesota, check out Brady Oltmans’ breakdown of the Gophers.
You can also check out our recap of what the Huskers had to say over the week leading up to the game.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.