Nebraska returns home to Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT to face Purdue. The matchup opens the Huskers' 2018 Big Ten home schedule. It is also Nebraska's annual Homecoming game.
The Huskers currently hold a 4-1 edge over Purdue as Big Ten opponents. The two first met as Big Ten opponents in 2013, when the two were moved into the West Division of the conference. Prior to 2013, Nebraska and Purdue had not met since 1958.
Nebraska defeated Purdue in 2017 by one point. Other than that one matchup, the meetings between the two have been decided by 10 or more points.
Nebraska-Purdue football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: BTN (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Sept. 29
Live stream: BTN2Go
Radio: Huskers fans can listen to the Nebraska vs. Purdue game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 94 and XM 195. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Weather: Showers early becoming less numerous later in the day. High 56 degrees. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Nebraska-Purdue football picks, odds
The line: Nebraska +3, per OddsShark
Nebraska comes into the matchup with Purdue 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten. The Huskers most recently lost to No. 19 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, last Saturday.
Despite Nebraska's rocky start to the season, the Husker are 6-1 in Big Ten home openers since joining the conference in 2011. Nebraska is also 18-11 in Big Ten home games since 2011, which includes a 2-0 record over Purdue at Memorial Stadium.
As for Purdue, the Boilermakers have opened its season 1-3 but head coach Jeff Brohm's bunch lost all three right out of the gate by a combined eight points. First it was a 31-27 loss to Northwestern that featured a personal foul penalty on Purdue's defense late in the game, one that turned a third-down stop into a first down for the Wildcats. Sound familiar?
Then it was a 20-19 loss to Eastern Michigan on a field goal as time expired. The Boilermakers racked up 467 yards of total offense but fumbled the ball five times (losing two of them).
The third loss came at home against Missouri, 40-37, in a game where quarterback David Blough threw for 572 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers kicked a field goal as time expired.
Purdue entered Game 4 in almost an identical situation to Nebraska. Winless, facing a must-win against a good football team. Brohm's group responded by picking off then-23rd-ranked Boston College four times, holding superstar running back AJ Dillion to 59 yards on 19 carries (432 yards in his first three games), getting another 296 yards and three scores through the air from Blough and winning 30-13.
The Boilermaker defense was a question mark heading into this season and after a rough first three weeks, they looked much better against the Eagles. Still, the defense ranks 81st in success rate through four games.
While the rushing attack carried the load offensively in 2017, the passing game has been the main fuel for 2018. Purdue is throwing it on standard downs 53.5 percent of the time and throwing it on passing downs 76.5 percent of the time. Both rank towards the top of national leaderboards. Blough has been efficient (70.1 percent completion rate, 6:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio) but he's carrying a heavy workload.
And, of course, no Purdue preview would be complete without mentioning the Boilermakers' breakout star in freshman wideout Rondale Moore. Brohm has him returning kicks, running jet sweeps and catching deep passes. Moore is being targeted on 29.3 percent of Purdue's passes this season and only one other guy in the country has more 30-yard gains this season than Moore's six.
For a full look at Purdue, visit Derek Peterson's opponent preview on the Boilermakers.