Hope you’re getting your sleep. Nebraska will play a fourth night game in five weeks for next weekend’s trip to Minnesota.
The Huskers’ Oct. 12 game against Minnesota (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will be played at 6:30 p.m. CT on either FS1 or BTN, the conference announced Monday morning.
This run began when Nebraska played Northern Illinois on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. under the lights of Memorial Stadium. It played Illinois on the road the following week at 7 p.m. again, then followed up with a 6:30 p.m. kick this past Saturday against Ohio State.
Northwestern week provides a reprieve, as this weekend’s game will kick off at 3 p.m. CT on Fox. This Saturday’s game is also Homecoming week for the university.
Nebraska practices early in the morning, and head coach Scott Frost has gone on record on numerous occasions about his preference for those earlier kicks. As a family man, it allows him a few extra hours to spend with his wife and child at home.
Another reason he might not like them? Nebraska has also come out incredibly sluggish in each of the last two night kicks; the Huskers were down 14-0 to Illinois two weekends ago and then 45-0 to Ohio State this past weekend.
This will be the first trip back to TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis since a 2017 loss in which the Gophers scored 54 points and ran for 409 yards and six scores. Minnesota only threw the ball 16 times and scored more points in four quarters than it had in the previous three games combined. (The Gophers were shut out each of the next two weeks.)
That game was the first of three-straight 50-point outings for the Nebraska defense and has been mentioned as the performance that sealed the fate of former head coach Mike Riley.
This season’s Gophers are averaging 34.8 points a game but they’re 4-0 thanks to two seven-point wins and two three-point wins.
Nebraska is hoping this trip will be a little more enjoyable.