Nebraska (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) is back on the road Saturday following a 13-10 win over Northwestern at home. The Huskers will face Minnesota (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) on a potentially snowy night from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
It’s a key early-season matchup in the Big Ten West, with both the Huskers and Golden Gophers looking to solidify themselves as contenders to win their side of the division.
Minnesota currently holds a 32-25-2 edge in the all-time series between the two programs. That includes a 22-13-2 advantage when the game is played in Minneapolis. Nebraska is 2-2 against Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium and also holds a 5-3 advantage over the Gophers since joining the Big Ten in 2011.
Nebraska-Minnesota football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: FS1 (Brian Custer, Robert Smith)
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, October 12
Live stream: FOX Sports GO
Radio: Huskers fans can listen to the Nebraska vs. Ohio State game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on XM 382. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Weather: Snow showers early becoming more scattered later. Some rain may mix in. Low 34 degrees. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%.
Nebraska-Minnesota football picks, odds
The line: Minnesota -7.5
(per the VI Consensus)
Minnesota comes into Saturday’s matchup with a perfect 5-0 record, including a 40-17 victory over Illinois last weekend. That matchup had the Gophers running all over the Illini, with 332 yards on the ground to Illinois’ 91. In the air, Minnesota had 487 yards to the Illini’s 248. Running back Rodney Smith rushed for 211 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown, while Shannon Brooks had 111 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Tanner Morgan added to it all with another 155 yards on 9-of-17 passing and three touchdowns.
So, let’s just put it this way: Minnesota’s offense is pretty exploside. The Gophers are averaging 410 total yards and 35.8 points per game. They’re currently ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and are just outside of the top 25 in the AP Poll.
As for Nebraska, the Huskers bounced back after a big loss to Ohio State with a 13-10 win over Northwestern. It was on a 24-yard, game-winning field goal from walk-on Lane McCallum as time expired. Quarterback Adrian Martinez was injured against Northwestern though and his availability remains unknown until game time. Coach Scott Frost did say Martinez would travel with the team though. Backup Noah Vedral will be ready regardless.
On defense, both Nebraska and Minnesota are doing well in the interception game. The Gophers have six so far this season, making them 16th in the nation. However, the Huskers have seven. That’s good for 10th.
Weather could be the ultimate factor in this matchup. Snow is expected, even if it’s not expected to accumulate. Temperatures will also hover around freezing, making for an interesting night for both offenses from TCF Bank Stadium.