Nebraska (4-5, 3-3 Big Ten) plays Minnesota (4-5, 1-5 Big Ten) in a Big Ten game Saturday, November 11, 2017, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
The Huskers and Gophers are more than familiar with one another, having faced off quite frequently before Nebraska joined the Big Ten. In fact, the teams met 51 times before becoming Big Ten foes in 2011. Nebraska had a 16-game winning streak in the series before Minnesota snapped that with a win in 2013.
As for any major changes to Nebraska’s depth chart, there weren’t many to report ahead of the Minnesota matchup. However, the linebacker position could be thin depending on who is able to suit up and play on Saturday. Coach Mike Riley, whose future remains a hot topic of debate, is hopeful quite a few of the injured players will be able to return by game time.
Nebraska-Minnesota game time, details
Nebraska and Minnesota play at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, November 11
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
Weather: Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 38 degrees. Winds south at 5 to 10 mph.
The line: Nebraska is listed as a 2.5-point underdog, per MyBookie.
Which TV channel is Nebraska-Minnesota on?
Nebraska-Minnesota will air on FOX Sports 1. Find FOX Sports 1 on your TV here.
How can I watch Nebraska-Minnesota online?
Nebraska-Minnesota will be streamed on FOX Sports GO.
How can I listen to Nebraska-Minnesota on the radio?
Nebraska fans can listen to the game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 134 and XM 196. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Nebraska-Minnesota preview, keys to the game
Nebraska kicks off the first of two consecutive November road games on Saturday, facing Minnesota. Both the Huskers and Golden Gophers come into the game with 4-5 records and are looking for a win to keep alive their hopes for a bowl game.
The Huskers appeared to be headed for their fifth win last Saturday against Northwestern, but they lost a late lead and fell 31-24 in overtime. Nebraska now needs two wins in its final three regular-season matchups, which include Minnesota, Penn State and Iowa, to become bowl-eligible.
Minnesota is currently 1-5 in Big Ten conference play, after losing 33-10 to Michigan this past Saturday. After going 3-0 in non-conference play, the Gophers have been far less successful in Big Ten action.
Led by first-year head coach P.J. Fleck, Minnesota is looking to get back on track against Nebraska. The Gophers boast a strong defense that ranks fifth in the Big Ten; their pass defense is second (169.8 passing yards allowed per game) in the conference.
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf discussed Minnesota’s defense earlier this week, revealing what he’s seen from the Gophers.
“They have two solid defensive tackles that give you some problems,” Langsdorf said. “I don’t think they are as big as the defensive ends we have faced lately. Their backers are good, their safeties are physical hitters. They’ll be down in there tight, they are a quarters team. They like to force with those safeties. They’ll be tough, they’re physical and they play hard.”
Coach Mike Riley is not too familiar with Fleck personally, but he sees a tough Minnesota team. He stressed the importance of a victory over the Gophers, because it would keep Nebraska’s bowl game chances alive.
“I think it’s one of the carrots,” Riley said. “I think the initial focus is the work that we are going to do this week, but I think that to not still have that out there as something would be kind of denying what’s on everybody’s mind. I think that it would be great and I will state it would be great for our team and for our seniors in particular to fight and get some wins to get bowl eligible. So it’s definitely a carrot.”
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