Nebraska (4-4, 2-3 Big Ten) is on the road to face Purdue (2-6, 1-4 Big Ten) for another Big Ten West matchup. This is the seventh straight year the two programs have met in the regular season.
The Huskers currently hold a 4-3 edge over Purdue in the all-time series. That includes a 4-2 advantage since Nebraska joined the Big Ten conference in 2011. With that said, the two programs have split four games in West Lafayette but only won of those meetings came prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten.
The Huskers have also scored at least 25 points on Purdue in the six meetings between the two programs since 2013.
Nebraska-Purdue football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: FOX (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey)
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Date: Saturday, November 2
Live stream: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Nebraska fans can listen to the game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 111 and XM 195. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana
Weather: Mostly cloudy. High near 40 degrees. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.
Nebraska-Purdue football picks, odds
The line: Nebraska -4
(per the VI Consensus)
Nebraska and Purdue are both looking to get bowl eligible in November. For the Huskers, they only need two more wins to hit the mark. For the Boilermakers, they must win each of their final four contests to qualify for a bowl game for the second straight season. Saturday’s matchup is the potential beginning for both programs toward that goal.
With that said, both teams are facing important injuries that could limit or sideline key contributors. For Nebraska, that could be quarterback Adrian Martinez (who Coach Scott Frost would not confirm his status either way on Thursday). For Purdue, its receiver Rondale Moore (who appears to be a game-time decision).
If Martinez isn’t able to go, back Noah Vedral would be the guy. He had a solid outing against Indiana, going 14-of-16 for 206 passing yards. He added another 21 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Receiver Wan'Dale Robinson was also available against Indiana and looked spectacular when called upon (which was often).
Will the Huskers get more of their playmakers going against Purdue though? Running back Dedrick Mills was mostly quiet against Indiana, but he may need to play a bigger role in West Lafayette. Receiver Jd Spielman had 97 receiving yards against Indiana, which the Huskers would likely want to see more of against Purdue.
Purdue’s defense will be up for the challenge though, even if a few guys may be nicked up. The Huskers’ coaches have acknowledged the strength of the Boilermakers’ front seven, so that’ll be something to keep an eye on.
Regardless, Purdue has 15 players either out or questionable for the matchup with Nebraska. While the Huskers are nicked up too, there’s a lot of room to take advantage early and get out of West Lafayette with a win. It’ll require nearly mistake-free football from Nebraska and the Huskers can’t beat themselves.
The line has moved quite a bit in this game since it opened, which makes sense. It could be an interesting one for both teams.