Nebraska starts Big Ten play against Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, on the Big Ten Network.
The Huskers enter Big Ten conference play 2-1 after a rocky start in nonconference play. Quarterback Tanner Lee hopes to use his experience at Tulane to help right the shift and help Nebraska bounce back, and coach Mike Riley hopes to find the offense’s identity quickly.
Below is the game and viewing information for the Week 4 Nebraska-Rutgers game.
Nebraska-Rutgers game time, details
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. local)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.
Weather: Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day, high of 87 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain
The line: Nebraska is listed as a 11.5-point favorite, per MyBookie.
What channel is Nebraska-Rutgers on?
Nebraska-Rutgers will be aired on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Nebraska-Rutgers online?
Nebraska-Rutgers will be streamed on BTN2Go.
How can I listen to Nebraska-Rutgers 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’s matchup with Rutgers on Saturday is a big one for a lot of reasons. First, it’s an opportunity for the Huskers to kick off Big Ten conference play on the right now. Second, it’s homecoming.
For what it’s worth, Nebraska has won its past 8 homecoming contents. On Saturday, the Huskers will be looking to make that No. 9.
Rutgers has the potential to be problematic for Nebraska. While 1-2 as well out of nonconference play, the Scarlet Knights come to Lincoln after a big 65-0 victory over Morgan State. Led by offensive coordinator Jerry Kill, Rutgers could be problematic for the Blackshirts. Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco knows this.
“Rutgers has some really talented skill players,” Diaco said earlier this week. “They have a veteran offensive line, [which] I believe four of the five are returning starters. They have a really talented tight end. He can do all the jobs, so he’s one of maybe the best tight ends we’ve played up to date in terms of being able to do all the jobs.”
Kill is also familiar with Nebraska from his time as the head coach of Minnesota from 2011-15. And on the reverse, Diaco is more than familiar with Kill as well.
“Coach Kill is a tough guy,” Diaco said. “He’s a brilliant football coach. No one needs me to say that. His record speaks for itself and reputation proceeds him and his teams are hard-nose.”
As for the offensive side of the ball, Nebraska will be looking to find its offensive identity and do a better job protecting Lee. The offense hasn’t looked how coach Mike Riley had hoped it would so far to date, but he’s hoping that can be fixed against Rutgers.
“We’ve really got to find our identity offensively,” Riley said. “I don’t think we’ve been good offensively this year consistently. Glimpses, good isolated plays. Nothing I would say that is an identity builder.”
Riley also echoed what Diaco had to say about Rutgers, calling them both physical and tough.
“I think they played tough, physical defense so we’ll have to handle their front,” Riley said. “We have to find a way to successfully both protect and run the football. They’ve done a nice job.”