The Ohio State Buckeyes are 4-0 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers since , and they’ll have a chance to extend that,How to Watch Live. on Saturday. They will face off at noon ET Oct. 24 at Ohio Stadium to kick off their 2020 seasons. The Buckeyes finished a flawless 13-0 in the regular season last year, but they are hoping to make up for a 29-23 defeat to the Clemson Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl. On the other hand, last year was nothing to brag about for Nebraska (5-7), so the team is looking forward to a new start.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24 | Time: Noon ET
Location: Ohio Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
TV: FOX | Live stream: (Try for free)
There isn’t a long history between these programs, but it’s one that’s heavily-tilted toward the Buckeyes. Nebraska won its first meeting against Ohio State as a Big Ten member, 34-27 in 2011. The next year, Urban Meyer took over and things changed. Ohio State has won five straight, with four of the wins coming by at least 25 points. In fact, the average deficit has been 34.4 points, and that includes a five-point win in 2018 the last time they met in Columbus.
Can Nebraska close that gap this year, or are we in line for another Ohio State blowout? Odds via William Hill Sportsbook.enters his third season as starter, and Wan’Dale Robinson is a big play waiting to happen. I would anticipate that with the talent and experience on that side of the ball, the Cornhuskers will improve on the 28 points per game they scored last year. But can the defense improve upon the 27.8 points it allowed per game last season? That unit loses a lot of the production it had last year, but that might be a blessing in disguise. The schedule-makers did this team no favors, but the natives in Lincoln are growing restless. Another mediocre season could see some wondering whether The Chosen One Scott Frost is the right person for the job.
Let me start by saying that I don’t have a high level of confidence in this pick. More than anything, I’m putting faith in the Nebraska offense to find enough success to keep this game from getting too far out of hand. That said, I’m also relying on some early-season rust on Ohio State’s part. I also wonder that, with the Big Ten’s compacted schedule, if we’ll see Ohio State turn to its reserves more often should it build a big lead in an effort to keep everyone fresh and healthy. If that happens, it could help the Cornhuskers stay within this spread. Pick: Nebraska (+27.5)
Two defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: OSU was the best in the nation in passing touchdowns allowed, finishing the 2019 season giving up only nine. Nebraska was not quite as good, but they were no chumps, either: they ranked 10th in the nation in passing touchdowns allowed, closing the season allowing only 14 overall.OSU has the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency. These early season matchups can go either way as both teams get back into playing shape.
When the Big Ten announced its initial plan to postpone the 2020 college football season, no two programs were more vocal about their disapproval of the decision,the newer kid on the block, took a different approach. It disagreed and wanted everybody to know it disagreed.Now the two programs who wanted the season the most will have it, and they get to open it against each other. For Ohio State, that’s probably not a big deal. For Nebraska, maybe there are some second thoughts,
Olave and Fields — a 2019 Heisman Trophy finalist — are not the only returning big guns for the Buckeyes. The offensive line is stocked with NFL talent and the seasoned defense features All-American cornerback Shaun Wade.“The biggest challenge preparing for Ohio State is just the talent they have on the team,” Frost said. “We know this is one of the best teams in the country.Frost named Adrian Martinez the starting quarterback this week. Martinez, who had a great freshman season in 2018 but was slowed by a knee injury last year, beat out Luke McCaffrey, brother of NFL star Christian McCaffrey and son of former pro receiver Ed McCaffrey.
Ohio Stadium, which usually packs in more than 100,000 fans for Buckeyes games, will have only about 1,600 in the whole place because of coronavirus restrictions. Family and friends of the players and coaches will be spread out through the lower deck and additional crowd noise will be piped in. No band, no cheerleaders, no Brutus Buckeye.Kade Warner arrived at Nebraska in 2017 as a walk-on known locally only for being the son of NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner. He’s starting to carve his own identity, having been placed on scholarship this fall and voted a team captain last week. The junior from Scottsdale, Arizona, also is one of the most experienced receivers, even though he enters the season with just 25 career catches.
Campus police have issued strict warnings against tailgating.“It’s just going to be weird all the way around,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said.GAME INFORMATION Nebraska (0-0) at No. 5 Ohio State (0-0), Saturday at 12 p.m. ET (FOX).Series Record: Ohio State leads 7-1.Day said watching other college teams play on TV while Ohio State waited was “torture,” but he’s been using clips from some of those sloppy games as a teaching tool. With preseason preparation limited for teams that started in September, many of the games have been high-scoring and marred by missed tackles and turnovers.
Watching these games, it certainly makes you reemphasize as a coach those basic things,The last time Nebraska won a true road game against a Top 10 opponent was in 1997, at then-No. 2 Washington. Frost was the Huskers’ quarterback in the 27-14 victory. Nebraska has lost 11 straight against Top 25 opponents, home or away, since 2016. However, the Huskers have won their last four openers against a ranked opponent, defeating No. 11 Florida State in 1986, No. 10 Texas A&M in 1987, No. 24 West Virginia in 1994 and No. 24 Oklahoma State in 2003.