NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nebraska is one game away from 10 wins, and ending a notable 4-year drought.
The Huskers have not had double digits in the win column since 2012, and to get back there, they will need to beat No. 21 Tennessee on Friday in the Music City Bowl.
Both teams, however, come into the Music City Bowl on anything but a high note. Nebraska (9-3) is trying to erase the shame of its 40-10 loss at Iowa in the regular-season finale more than a month ago, while Tennessee (8-4) will try to salvage some pride after dropping four of its final seven games.
Here’s how to catch the action on TV, online and the radio:
Nebraska vs. Tennessee game time, details
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT / 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff
Date: Friday, Dec. 30
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
Weather: 41 degrees and sunny.
The line: Tennessee is a 6.5-point favorite.
What TV channel is Nebraska-Tennessee on?
It will be televised nationally on ESPN.
How can I watch Nebraska-Tennessee online?
It can be watched online via WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Nebraska-Tennessee on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 80. You can also listen to it on KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha. For a full list of Nebraska radio affiliates, click here.
Who is calling the game for ESPN?
Tom Hart (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color analyst), Cole Cubelic (sideline)
Nebraska vs. Tennessee keys to the game
How will Ryker Fyfe play?
Nebraska senior QB Ryker Fyfe will leave college having started three games in his career. His first was a 55-45 loss at Purdue in 2015. His second was this season, a 28-7 win against Maryland. And his third will be on Friday.
Fellow senior QB Tommy Armstrong is unlikely to play on Friday because of a hamstring injury. That puts the ball in Fyfe’s hands. In the games has played, Fyfe has been a gunslinger — 315 yards and 2 touchdowns, but completing less than 50 percent of his passes.
Without Armstrong, Nebraska’s offense will hinge upon Fyfe making good decisions, and Nebraska’s playmakers well, making plays.
Which Tennessee will Nebraska get?
The Volunteers were in the preseason Top 10 and were still there as they began the season 5-0. Heck, they were even there following their first loss, a 45-38 overtime contest at then-No. 8 Texas A&M. But then came two more losses and a promising start suddenly looked like a season of survival. Tennessee would win three straight before losing at Vanderbilt to end its season losing 4 of 7.
So who will show up: 5-0 Tennessee or 3-4 Tennessee?
Joshua Dobbs vs. Nebraska’s secondary
The Blackshirts‘ biggest strength this season has undoubtedly been the play of the secondary. Junior corners Chris Jones and Josh Kalu have had stellar seasons, and the safety combination of Kieron Williams and Aaron Williams have been a nice surprise for defensive coordinator Mark Banker.
But Nebraska will be facing Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs, who has thrown for more than 2500 yards this season. And the Huskers won’t have the academically ineligible Nate Gerry.
Dobbs is shifty, mobile … and a senior. Similar to Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, Dobbs can beat teams with his arm and his legs.
Who ever wins the matchup between Dobbs and the secondary could end up winning the game.