Nebraska football looks to bounce back from its Week 2 loss with a matchup against Northern Illinois at 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. local) Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, on FOX Sports 1.
The Huskers return home to Memorial Stadium looking for a win after a 42-35 loss at Oregon in Week 2. This is also Nebraska’s final week of nonconference before facing Rutgers on Sept. 23 to kick off Big Ten play.
Below is the game and viewing information for the Week 2 Nebraska-Northern Illinois game.
Nebraska-Northern Illinois game time, details
Time: 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. local)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.
Weather: Partly cloudy in the morning with thunderstorms developing later in the day, high of 91 degrees, 80 percent chance of rain
The line: Nebraska is listed as a 14-point favorite, per MyBookie.
What channel is Nebraska-Northern Illinois on?
Nebraska-Northern Illinois will be aired on FOX Sports 1.
How can I watch Nebraska-Northern Illinois online?
Nebraska-Northern Illinois will be streamed on FOX Sports Go.
How can I listen to Nebraska-Northern Illinois on the radio?
Nebraska fans can listen to the game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 135 and XM 195. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Nebraska vs. Northern Illinois preview
When Nebraska and Northern Illinois meet on Saturday, it will be the first of four matchups between the two programs between 2017 and 2023. It will also be the third all-time meeting between the two, with the most recent taking place in 1990.
As for this matchup, Nebraska has plenty on the line. After a disappointing 42-35 loss to Oregon on the road, the Huskers want to get back on track and end nonconference play 2-1. A win over Northern Illinois would also extend Nebraska’s home winning streak to nine games.
On offense, quarterback Tanner Lee will look to redeem himself and build confidence after 4 interceptions against the Ducks. Lee received a vote of confidence from offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf earlier in the week, being called “exactly what you’re looking for” at quarterback.
“I think he had a tough game,” Langsdorf said. “I think he was hard on himself about it, which is a good sign for him and our team but I think he’ll bounce back and be great.”
Another area Nebraska looks to address is the secondary. With many young defensive backs, cornerbacks coach Donte Williams addressed the growing pains earlier in the week.
“As a secondary, we’re still learning,” Williams said. “Even the guys that have played, they’re playing new positions. So that day, we weren’t ready. We’ll be ready from now on.”
The Blackshirts are also looking to address the first half problems against Oregon, and planning to capitalize on the second half successes against the Ducks. Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco saw the evidence as he made his weekly cutups, noting just how many from the first-half highlights fell into one pile while the second half fell into another.
“It’s just a work in progress and it’s a developmental piece that’s going to take playing in the games,” Diaco said. “You had an opportunity to see it. The players at times were playing and thinking they should be doing XYZ rather than falling back to their training. We had a chance to settle down and play one play at a time, get the call, execute your job, nothing more, nothing less, and see what happens. Sure enough, the plays looked better. Drives were put together. Stops were put together. Before long, a quarter ended and another drive. And then another quarter ended, and you had a chance to get a little bit of a surge there.
“For sure in teaching to say, ‘Hey, this is what it looked like.’”