Nebraska (4-6, 3-4 Big Ten) plays at Penn State (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) in a Big Ten game on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Beaver Stadium in State College, Penn. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
The Huskers and Nittany Lions last met in 2013. Nebraska has won all three meetings between the two programs since joining the Big Ten in 2011, including a 2-0 mark at Beaver Stadium.
However, the 2017 matchup doesn’t look as promising for Nebraska. Not only are the Huskers 26 1/2-point underdogs, but starting quarterback Tanner Lee spent this week in concussion protocol. Lee will start. And although some fans didn’t understand why coach Mike Riley was retained after a 54-21 loss to Minnesota last week, athletic director Bill Moos made it clear that he believes Riley deserves to finish the season.
Nebraska-Penn State game time, details
Nebraska and Penn State play at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, November 18
Location: Beaver Stadium, State College, Penn.
Weather: Rain likely. High 44 degrees. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100 percent. Rainfall around a half an inch.
The line: Nebraska is listed as a 26 1/2-point underdog, per MyBookie.
Which TV channel is Nebraska-Penn State on?
Nebraska-Penn State will air on FOX Sports 1. Find FOX Sports 1 on your TV here.
How can I watch Nebraska-Penn State online?
Nebraska-Penn State will be streamed on FOX Sports GO.
How can I listen to Nebraska-Penn State on the radio?
Nebraska fans can listen to the game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 134 and XM 195. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Nebraska-Penn State preview, keys to the game
Nebraska’s defense is in for a bit of a challenge against Penn State on Saturday. The Nittany Lions offense is currently ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring (37.7 points per game) and second in the conference in passing offense (283.6 yards per game).
Running back Saquon Barkley is a huge factor in Penn State’s offense. And while Nebraska is preparing for Barkley, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco said too much focus on one player can be problematic.
“We’re at a point in this development and have been before everything was, whatever you want to call it, hijacked, probably a good word, but before that any time you’re going to load up, you have got to feel that there is an aptitude to do the other piece, to eliminate the other piece,” Diaco said on Tuesday. “If you’re going to load up the other way then you’re confident there’s an aptitude to eliminate the other piece. So as you move your puzzle pieces around, which I can move all the puzzle pieces around, I’ve been moving them around for years, I know exactly where they should be, where they should go, how they should go. It creates other strain, and you’ve got to be ready for that other strain.”
Nebraska’s offense will also have its work cut out for it on Saturday. Penn State ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring defense (13.9 points per game) and fourth in the conference in total defense (318.3 yards per game).
Adding to the challenge is that Nebraska spent most of the week practicing without starting quarterback Tanner Lee who was in concussion protocol. However, Lee was cleared to play just in time and Riley confirmed that he will start. If backup quarterback Patrick O’Brien is needed though, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf likes what he can bring to the table after watching his performance in the second half last week at Minnesota.
“I think being the No. 2 guy can be tough at times when you’re practicing all week and you’re not really getting that many reps and then you’re not playing in the game,” Langsdorf said. “I think that’s important for him, and I think he did a nice job of being ready to play. He went in there and we didn’t really look like we were screwed up or miscalling things or not getting guys lined up, I thought all of that was really procedurally well done by him, so I think it’s a credit to him being ready to play and staying with it and continuing to prepare.”