Ohio State and Nebraska play in a Big Ten game on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
The Buckeyes will be playing in their third road night game of the season, a fact that displeases coach Urban Meyer. Additionally, the offensive line is in flux after starting right guard Branden Bowen broke his leg against Maryland. But the Buckeyes get back defensive tackle Michael Hill after a six-game suspension, and defensive end Nick Bosa has been a beast for them lately.
Ohio State-Nebraska football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: Fox Sports 1. You can find Fox Sports 1 on your TV here.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, October 14
Live stream: Fox Sports Go
Location: Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
Weather: High of 67 degrees with an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms
Ohio State-Nebraska football picks, odds
The line: Ohio State -24
Over/under: 58 points
Ohio State-Nebraska preview
Ohio State drummed Nebraska 62-3 last year in Columbus, and the Buckeyes enter this game as a 24-point favorite over the Cornhuskers. Nebraska has struggled at times this season, barely fending off Arkansas State and losing to Northern Illinois at home. Additionally, its two conference wins are against Big Ten bottom feeders Illinois and Rutgers.
Still, the Cornhuskers hung with Wisconsin last week until the Badgers pulled away with three consecutive second-half touchdowns. Here are three keys that will help determine the outcome of this matchup:
1. The weather
It looks as though thunderstorms could be present at some point Saturday, which wouldn’t be ideal for the Buckeyes. It may not impact their ability to win going away, given that they dominated Tulsa and Oklahoma despite rain delays last season. But it could affect their style of play, forcing both teams to run the ball more. While Ohio State would be just fine in a ground battle, the Buckeyes likely would enjoy one last opportunity to work on their passing attack and pass defense before Penn State comes to town. Would that happen in a downpour? It’s not likely. The good news, though, is that if it rains before the teams play or if lightning forces a delay until the rain is done, Memorial Stadium has artificial turf so the game wouldn’t be played in a mud pit.
2. Turnover battle
Tanner Lee was supposed to be a game-changing addition for the Cornhuskers — at least based on descriptions of his play in the offseason — but it hasn’t quite turned out that way. Instead, he’s been a human JUGS machine for opposing defenses, throwing 10 interceptions along with his 11 touchdowns. Obviously, he can’t play against Ohio State the way he did against Oregon and Northern Illinois, when he tossed seven interceptions in a pair of losses. If he does that, the Cornhuskers are toast.
It will also be imperative for the Buckeyes to avoid turnovers. As Michigan showed against Michigan State, turning the ball over repeatedly in bad weather is a great way to get upset against a lesser team. As long as Ohio State takes care of the ball, everything should be fine in Lincoln.
3. Filling holes
For the Buckeyes, the biggest issue is what will happen on the offensive line. Ohio State lost Branden Bowen to a broken leg, and he will likely be replaced by Matthew Burrell or Demetrius Knox. The Buckeyes cannot afford to have a liability on that side of the ball, especially with Isaiah Prince’s inconsistency at right tackle.
It’s also worth monitoring the interior of the defensive line, where Michael Hill will be playing for the first time this season after serving a six-game suspension. It’s likely that the Buckeyes will work him back in slowly, but he could be needed against Penn State. Likewise, this will be the first game back for defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones after missing two games due to a laceration on his leg.
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