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Pregame Observations and Injury Updates Ahead of Nebraska-Michigan

October 09, 2021

Nebraska (3-3, 1-2 in Big Ten) is hosting undefeated No. 9 Michigan (5-0, 2-0) Saturday night, looking for back-to-back wins and its first victory over a top-10 opponent since Michigan State in 2015.

As the teams go through warmups before the 6:30 p.m. kickoff, here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the game, along with a weather report.

All appears to be clear on the injury front. Nebraska had good luck in that area last week against Northwestern as it played with its full compliment of receivers and didn’t have anyone go down with an injury during the game. During pregame warmups on Saturday, there didn’t appear to be any rotation player missing. Offensive lineman Brant Banks, who was out last week with a hand injury, isn’t suited up and won’t play tonight.

Watch the battle on the line of scrimmage tonight. Michigan brings a strong defensive front seven into the game, led by All-American candidate Aidan Hutchinson. Both teams have stout defenses and want to run the ball while on offense. The Wolverines bring a Big Ten-best 255 rushing yards per game into the contest, led by a two-headed rotation at running back in Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins.

“Michigan’s running the ball on everyone they’re playing and that’s what they want to do,” Scott Frost said this week. “They’re going to get into a bunch of formations and unbalanced and shifts and hit you with a variety of runs. That’s going to be the biggest factor in the game, is if we can stop that run.”

There’s a big-game feel to Lincoln. During the week leading up to the game, Nebraska’s coaching staff was vocal about wanting fans to be loud for the game to create an energetic atmosphere that won’t just help the Huskers on the field, but impress recruits who will be in attendance.

More news and notes:

>> Little to no wind at all, as the flags atop Memorial Stadium and the goal posts aren’t moving much.

>> All four Husker quarterbacks—Adrian Martinez, Logan Smothers, Heinrich Haarberg and Matt Masker—were seen warming up.

>> For the first time this season, defensive lineman Mosai Newsom is in pads and appears to be available as he’s going through warmups. Another defensive lineman, Casey Rogers, who has been active since the Oklahoma game but didn’t play, was seen going through warmups as well.

>> Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was on the field wearing blue sweats from head to toe, along with black cleats and white playing gloves.

>> Collin Miller is in attendance. Miller, last year’s starter at linebacker and captain, medically retired from football after an injury last season. It’s the first time that Miller, who graduated from UNL, was back in Memorial Stadium this season. He said it was an emotional experience for him.
>>Former Nebraska linebacker and current NFL free agent Will Compton is back in Lincoln. He was in town to check out the game while also recording his podcast ‘Bussin’ With The Boys’ with special guests Scott Frost and athletic director Trev Alberts.

>>Running back Jaquez Yant was in pads and participating in warmups despite some late murmurings that he might be dealing with an injury. Yant, in his first extended action of the season, led Nebraska with 127 yards rushing on 13 carries (9.8 yards per carry).

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