It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Ohio State Buckeyes. After a humiliating loss on the road to Purdue, the Buckeyes had to endure an extra seven days off--which included the initial release of the College Football Playoff rankings in which Michigan was ranked ahead of them. On the flip side, Urban Meyer’s squad had another week to make some very necessary adjustments to come back stronger for the final stretch of the regular season.
Now, Ohio State heads back home to take on Nebraska. Despite a noon kickoff, it’ll be a blackout in Ohio Stadium. Dwayne Haskins, who had one of the few positive performances against Purdue, will need to anchor his team once again, while Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins will be looked to in order to re-balance the running game. On defense, the silver bullets are facing the reality that they have not been able to stop the big play all season, and any adjustments during the bye week will hopefully be able to address those challenges. Meyer is 5-0 with Ohio State following a loss. Those problem areas should be on lockdown this afternoon.
Meanwhile, in his first season with the Huskers, Scott Frost has put together a 2-6 record--a far cry from his status with still-undefeated UCF. Still, Nebraska is on the up-and-up as winners of two-straight. The Huskers are led by true freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez, who has proven to be a threat both through the air and on the ground. Ohio State will also have to contend with running back Devine Ozigbo, who has eight touchdowns this season.
Ohio State holds a 5-1 all-time record against Nebraska, with the only loss coming in 2011 in Nebraska. Last season, the Buckeyes pummelled the Huskers 56-14 in what was not quite as explosive of a win as 2016 (62-3).
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 3, 12 p.m.
Location: Columbus, OH
Online: FOX Sports GO
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
College GameDay is staying in SEC-land as the crew heads to Baton Rouge for the SEC West showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No, 3 LSU. Coincidentally, Sunday NFL Countdown is also headed to Louisiana for the Rams-Saints game Sunday, and Lee Corso is set to make a special, pro-edition headgear selection. He’ll have a tough choice to make for Bama, though. He’s picked the Tide 29 times, but is 9-10 in those selections. Today marks the 10th time that the show originated from the Alabama-LSU matchup.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
Alongside Ohio State at noon, Rutgers takes on Wisconsin in Madison on BTN, while Michigan State travels to Maryland on ESPN2. In the 3:30 p.m. spot, No. 16 Iowa heads to West Lafayette to take on Purdue on ESPN2, and Minnesota takes on Illinois in Champaign on BTN. At 3:45 p.m., No. 14 Penn State heads to Ann Arbor to face No. 5 Michigan on ESPN in the highest-profile conference matchup of the weekend. Finally, capping things off for the day, Northwestern looks for another upset as it takes on No. 4 Notre Dame in Evanston at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN.
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