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Nebraska-Troy Football: TV Channel, Time, Live Stream, Odds, Preview

September 15, 2018

 

Nebraska and Troy meet for only the fifth time in program history on Saturday. The Huskers currently hold a 4-0 record in the series.

The previous four meetings between Nebraska and Troy were all played in Lincoln between 2001 and 2006. The Huskers won those four meetings by 15 points or more, including a pair of shutouts in 2003 and 2006.

Nebraska looks to extend the record over Troy to 5-0 on Saturday.

Nebraska-Troy football TV channel, time, live stream

TV channel: Big Ten Network (Joe Benanati, James Laurinaitis, Damon Benning)

Time: 11 a.m. CT

Date: Saturday, Sept. 15

Live stream: BTN2Go

Radio: Huskers fans can listen to the Nebraska vs. Troy game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 136 and XM 196. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.

Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Weather: Sunny skies. High around 90 degrees. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Nebraska-Troy football picks, odds

The line: Nebraska -9.5, per OddsShark

Over/under: 57

Nebraska-Troy preview

Nebraska enters the matchup with Troy after a 33-28 loss to Colorado last Saturday. That matchup with the Buffaloes became the Huskers' season opener after the original season opener with Akron was canceled due to severe weather.

Against Colorado, Nebraska had 565 yards of total offense and recorded seven sacks. While the Huskers ultimately lost, there were plenty of positives on both sides of the ball. That includes plenty of rotation at positions on offense and defense.

One big downside was quarterback Adrian Martinez's injury. While Nebraska received good news earlier in the week, coach Scott Frost said the decision about whether or not he plays could come down to the last minute.

As for Troy (1-1), the Trojans opened with a 56-20 loss to Boise State then rebounded a week ago with a 59-7 beatdown of the Florida A&M Rattlers. Kaleb Barker beat out Sawyer Smith for the quarterback job and has completed 65 percent of his passes for 351 yards and five touchdowns through two games. He has only tossed one interception.

The offense ranks 38th in the country in S&P+ while the defense sits at 114th, though those numbers have been skewed a little by the extremes on the Trojans' schedule. Troy's offense had a 29 percent success rate in Week 1 against a good Boise team and a then a 55 percent success rate in Week 2 against an FCS opponent. Troy's defense gave up a 64.5 percent success rate then a 40 percent rate. 

That last number is troubling but Troy has been able to produce four turnovers in its first two games. They've been good against the run (2.9 yards per carry against 61 attempts) but have struggled against the pass. Boise's Brett Rypien had a 210.1 rating and a 71 percent completion percentage in Week 1. 

As coach Scott Frost said Thursday, Nebraska will need to be ready for a fight. 

For a full look at Troy, visit Derek Peterson's opponent preview on the Trojans.

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