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Nebraska at Rutgers
Where: SHI Stadium in Piscataway, NJ
To start up: Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m. ET
Time: 46 degrees, partly cloudy with 5% chance of rain, winds 11 kph
TV: FS1 with Adam Alexander (play-by-play) and Devin Gardner (color)
Flow: Fox Sports App
Radio: Radio: RWJBarnabas Health Rutgers Sports Network (WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM, Fox Sports New Jersey 93.5 FM/1450 AM) with Chris Carlin (play-by-play), Eric LeGrand and Mike Teel (analyst) and Anthony Fucilli ( sideline) ; WRSU 88.7 FM – Alex Carmenaty & Dennis Geissler; Audacy app, Scarlet Knights app
Series history: Nebraska leads the all-time series 5-0; beat Rutgers 28-21 in 2020
Nebraska SB Nation Site: corn nation
Who passed: Evan Simon – 65 for 108, 60.2 percent, 640 yards, 4 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Dash : Samuel Brown V- 210 yards on 42 carries, 5.0 ypc, 2 touchdowns
Reception : Aron Cruickshank- 20 catches for 172 yards, 8.6 ypc, 2 touchdowns
Defense: Christian Izien – 37 tackles, Tyrem Powell- 3 bags, Robert Longerbeam- 2 interceptions
Who passed: Casey Thompson – 94 for 144, 65.3%, 1,265 yards, 7 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
Dash : Antoine Grant- 600 yards on 114 carries, 5.3 YPC, 5 touchdowns
Reception : Trey Palmer – 36 catches for 480 yards, 13.3 ypc, 2 touchdowns
Defense: Luc Reimer- 44 tackles, Garrett Nelson- 3 bags, Buford Jr. Brands – 2 interceptions
When Rutgers has the ball
The quarterback situation remains a question mark — stop us if you’ve heard this before.
Noah Vedral continues to be a game mover as his former team come to Piscataway for the second time in three years. Once again, Vedral could miss the opportunity to plan against the Cornhuskers.
Samuel Brown V has led the Scarlet Knights in a rush over the past two weeks. He seems to become the bell cow in the backfield as a rookie. That has been the strength of the attack and he may have to lead the way once again.
The battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball could favor the Scarlet Knights. Nebraska is beaten along the offensive line and Rutgers handled the ball well. It all depends on whether Rutgers can get anything out of their quarterbacks.
When Nebraska has the ball
The running game for Nebraska has been non-existent for the past two weeks while Thompson remains inconsistent.
It will be interesting to see if anything gives here. The offensive line could be Nebraska’s weakness and that doesn’t bode well against a solid front for the Scarlet Knights. The Huskers were able to shut down big runs early on, but that was against Georgia Southern and North Dakota. As the competition stiffened, the ground game stagnated.
On both sides, it will depend on who takes care of the football. Nebraska has been inconsistent and could squander some opportunities. Rutgers was unable to reach the quarterback but can stop the run and potentially cause turnovers.
In the secondary, Christian Izien and Max Melton will have to take the lead.
Could Rutgers win this game?
You’ve heard the date phrase “must-win” over the week. And yes, it’s for Rutgers. If the Scarlet Knights want a chance at six wins, this is a game they have to have.
It’s a must-play for many reasons.
Let’s start with the bowl game. Heading into the season, this was considered a winnable game in the conference. Once Rutgers defeated Boston College, it gave hope of reaching that threshold. If this game is lost, the chances are lost. That would require a win over Michigan State and Maryland, who look much better than the Scarlet Knights.
Second, it would be a win that would get Rutgers’ attention. Nebraska is a historic program that has struggled in recent years. The Scarlet Knights still failed to claim victory. And finally, this win would end a 20-game home conference losing streak.
This Friday night game could be a big win for Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights.