It’s homecoming week for Nebraska (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) and the Huskers are looking to bounce back following a loss to Ohio State. Nebraska sees its matchup with Northwestern (1-3, 0-2 Big Ten) as a potential “get back on track game.”
However, Nebraska and Northwestern have had a wild series to date. The Huskers hold a 7-5 all-time lead in the series. But since joining the Big Ten, six of the eight meetings between the two programs have been decided by three or fewer points or in overtime.
Nebraska-Northwestern football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: FOX (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey)
Time: 3 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, October 5
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 Sirius Channel 108 and XM 196. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny late. High 68 degrees. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Nebraska-Northwestern football picks, odds
The line: Nebraska -7.5
(per the VI Consensus)
Northwestern comes to Lincoln following a 24-15 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin. While the Wildcats are 1-3 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten play, the team has faced a difficult early-season schedule. That includes matchups with Stanford, UNLV and No. 25 Michigan State, in addition to the Badgers.
With that said, Northwestern’s offense isn’t exactly its strongest asset. The Wildcats are 77th in the nation in rushing (151.25 ypg), 121st in passing (141.5 ypg) and 128th in scoring (15.5 ppg). Starting quarterback Hunter Johnson is currently 43-of-89 with 367 passing yards, one touchdown and four interceptions, while backup Aidan Smith is 12-of-31 with 137 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.
Northwestern’s ground game is also questionable, with running backs Drake Anderson and Isaiah Bowser combining for 408 yards. The duo have three touchdowns between the two, but all three belong to Anderson. This should be a fairly easy game for Nebraska’s defense to bounce back in, especially with the loss of Khalil Davis suspended for the game.
Speaking of defense, Northwestern’s isn’t bad. The Wildcats are currently allowing 318.8 yards and 21.5 points per game this season. In fact, Northwestern held Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor to only 119 rushing yards and a single score last week. That’ll give anyone a little pause.
Plus, Nebraska’s offense has turned it over 14 times this season. That ties the Huskers for second worst in the FBS. Northwestern has the 18th-best pass defense, so the Wildcats will likely want to test Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez in the air.
Nebraska’s margin for error remains small, and Northwestern will take advantage of any mistakes the Huskers make. If Nebraska’s offense can get into its timing and rhythm early, while the defense holds its own, it could be a good day for the Huskers to get the “get back” win they’re looking for.