For the first time in the 2019 season, the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0) will be playing under the lights as they face off with the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1, 1-0) in the ABC primetime game of the week tonight. Justin Fields, Chase Young, and J.K. Dobbins will lead OSU onto Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium looking to have a better game against the Huskers than the team did last year.
In The Horseshoe in 2018, the Buckeyes held on for a 36-31 win over the then 2-6 Huskers as then-freshman Adrian Martinez went for a combined 338 yards on the ground and through the air and were responsible for three total touchdowns.
However, much has changed for the Buckeyes since last year. Not only has Fields replaced Dwayne Haskins — the most productive passer in a single season in Big Ten history — but Ryan Day has replaced Urban Meyer as the Buckeyes’ head coach. However, perhaps the biggest difference has come on the defensive side of the ball. OSU is currently second in the Big Ten allowing only 222 yards and nine points per game.
They are coming off a 76-5 drubbing of the Miami-Ohio RedHawks in which most of the starters were out after halftime. The Huskers on the other hand had to come back to beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 42-38.
Martinez has thrown for 1,052 yards and seven touchdowns on the season, while throwing a pair of interceptions. JD Spielman — the nephew of Ohio State legend Chris Spielman — leads the team with 18 receptions for 383 yards and a touchdown.
The Huskers have three rushers who have gained more than 200 yards; Maurice Washington (268), Dedrick Mills (243), and Martinez (234). However, their most dynamic and dangerous running back might be true freshman Wan’Dale Robinson who went for 89 yards and a touchdown on the ground and 79 yards and two TDs through the air.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is “GameDay” this weekend?
Like the Buckeyes, ESPN’s pregame show will be in Lincoln, Neb. That means that “GameDay” has been on site for 45 Ohio State games since the show’s first on-site broadcast in 1993. That is just one game behind the Alabama Crimson Tide’s 46. The Buckeyes have the most wins in “GameDay” games going 31-13 coming into today’s contest.
Today marks the seventh time that Lincoln has hosted “GameDay,” and the first time since 2007. Actress and Omaha, Neb. native Gabrielle Union will be the guest-picker.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
Last night, the No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions obliterated the Maryland Terrapins 59-0 in College Park, Md. Today, the B1G action kicks off at 12 noon ET as the No. 14 Iowa Hawkeyes host Middle Tennessee on ESPN2. Also in the opening window, two of Ohio State’s next three opponents will meet in Madison, Wisc. as the Northwestern Wildcats visit the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers in ABC’s first game of the day. Over in Ann Arbor, the No. 20 Wolverines will look to get right against Rutgers in the BTN kickoff of the day.
The afternoon window has two games, on the Big Ten Network, the Buckeyes’ next foe, the No. 25 Michigan State Spartans host the Indiana Hoosiers. And on ESPN2, the Minnesota Golden Gophers head to West Lafayette, Ind. to play Purdue.
Tangentially, LGHL friend Lori Schmidt found some secret B1G communications this week:
It took some doing, but I think I may have obtained a record of the Big Ten coaches latest group chat. pic.twitter.com/yEros6ClvR— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) September 24, 2019
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