Who: No. 5 Ohio State at Nebraska
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
Series history: Ohio State leads 6-1. The Buckeyes are 1-1 in Lincoln.
Last game: The Buckeyes rallied from a halftime deficit to win 36-31 at home last season. J.K. Dobbins ran for 163 yards on 23 carries while Mike Weber added 91 yards on nine for an Ohio State ground game that had struggled in recent weeks. Last time in Lincoln, Ohio State cruised to a 56-14 win two years ago.
Coaches: Ohio State’s Ryan Day is 7-0, including a 3-0 mark last season as interim coach of the Buckeyes. Nebraska’s Scott Frost is 7-9 with the Cornhuskers and 26-16 overall as a college head coach. Frost and Day both caches under Chip Kelly earlier in their careers, Day at New Hampshire and in the NFL with Eagles and 49ers and Frost at Oregon.
Ohio State notes: OSU’s first four opponents have all failed to gain 300 yards, something that last happened in 1996… The Buckeyes have the second-longest active winning streak in the nation at 10 games, trailing only defending national champion Clemson (19)… They have scored at least 28 points in the first half of each of their games this season and are outscoring opponents 135-18 in the first half… Ohio State defensive end Chase Young has 17.5 sacks since the start of last season, the most in the nation over that time according to the OSU sports information department… ESPN will be in Lincoln to film its College GameDay morning show with Centerville’s Kirk Herbstreit among the co-hosts. Ohio State is 31-13 in GameDay games, and no team has more wins when the show is taped on-site than the Buckeyes. Alabama leads in appearances (46).
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Nebraska notes: The Cornhuskers are 29th in the nation in scoring (38.0 points per game) and 62nd in points allowed (25.2)… They are 47-7 all-time in home night games with Ohio State owning one of the victories… Nebraska won its 900th game last weekend at Illinois… Linebacker Mohamed Barry has a team-high 33 tackles. He entered the season as the Big Ten’s returning leading tackler… Wan’Dale Robinson, a freshman from Kentucky, has 195 receiving yards and and 126 rushing yards this season… Nebraska has two Ohioans on the roster — offensive lineman Matt Sichterman, a sophomore who went to Kings High School and cornerback Tony Butler, a junior who went to Lakewood St. Edward.
Quoted: Frost on the game getting lots of outside attention, including from ESPN College GameDay: “It’s fun. Anytime there is a spotlight on your campus, your university, your town, I think it’s a good thing. If you let it be a distraction it can be. They will probably mic me up at practice or something, but I don’t raise my voice much anyway so I don’t know how much good footage they are going to get. I don’t want it to distract the players. It’s not going to distract us. We’ve got a really good team coming in here and we need to be at our best to have a chance to beat them.”
Next game: The Buckeyes return home to play host to Michigan State in another night game next Saturday. Nebraska will play host to Northwestern.
Prediction: Ohio State 42, Nebraska 20
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