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Nebraska: Way Too Early 2017 Preview

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June 14, 2017 at 7:46am


Nebraska becomes a member of the Big Ten
1955: No. 6 Ohio State 28, Nebraska 20
1956: No. 8 Ohio State 34, Nebraska 7
2011: Ohio State 27, No. 14 Nebraska 34
2012: No. 12 Ohio State 63, No. 21 Nebraska 38
2016: No. 6 Ohio State 62, No. 9 Nebraska 3

Game Details

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 
Where: Lincoln, NE, Memorial Stadium

This will only be the sixth meeting between these storied programs and only the second time the game has been played in Lincoln. Ohio State is 4–1 all-time against against Nebraska, but is 0–1 as the away team. 

The Last Time...​

  • Ohio State played Nebraska, the Buckeyes won 62-3 in Columbus. 
  • OSU played a season without facing the Cornhuskers was 2015.
  • The Scarlet and Gray lost to Nebraska was 2011 and the second half debacle.

Game 7, The Last Time...

  • Ohio State played game 7 on the road was 2016. The No. 2 Buckeyes lost to Penn State 24-21. A blocked punt and field goal proved critical in the loss.
  • Since 2009, the Buckeyes are 5–3 on the road in Game 7 battles. Only of the losses was to a ranked opponent.  
  • OSU lost to a non-conference opponent on the road in game 7 was to Case in 1910. The OAC opponent won 14-10 in Cleveland. 

Nebraska's 2016 Season

Record: 9–4
Bowl Game: Lost to Tennessee 24-38 in the Music City Bowl.
Coaching Status: Mike Riley (15–11) third season at Nebraska.

Leading Returning Offensive Players From 2016
Passer: WR Zack Darlington (14 yards)
Rusher: Devine Ozigbo (412 yards)
Receiver: Stanley Morgan Jr. (453 yards)

Leading Defensive Players From 2016
Tackles: Joshua Kalu (66)
Sacks: Freedom Akinmoladun (3.0)
Interceptions: Kieron Williams (5)

Notable Missing Players
QB Tommy Armstrong accounted for 2,692 yards and 22 touchdowns last year. He was Nebraska's second leading rusher with 512 yards and had a team-high 8 rushing touchdowns.

RB Terrell Newby led the Cornhuskers with 879 rushing yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. WR Jordan Westerkamp had 38 receptions for 526 yards and five touchdowns. He led Nebraska in all of those receiving categories.

Nebraska loses a lot on defense as well. The team will be without its top-two tacklers and top-two sack leaders from last year. Josh Banderas (93 tackles) and Nathan Gerry (74) are gone along with Ross Dzuris (5.5 sacks) and Kevin Maurice (4.0). 

Five Things October 14th

  1. This is the 20th time the Buckeyes have played on October 14th.
  2. No. 1 Ohio State defeated Michigan State 35-7 in Spartan Stadium the last time the program played on this date.
  3. The Buckeyes are 4–1–1 as the away team on October 14th.
  4. In the program's history, this is only the second time game 7 has been played on this date.
  5. The first game the Buckeyes played on October 14th was a 36-10 beating of Wittenberg in 1893 at Recreation Park.

2016 Statistical Comparison
Ohio State Buckeyes   Corhnhuskers
39.4 13th POINTS FOR 26.5 79th
245.2 11th RUSHING OFFENSE 169.2 73rd
213.9 81st PASSING OFFENSE 211.7 86th
459.2 31st TOTAL OFFENSE 380.8 90th
.467 17th 3rd DOWNS .439 33rd
.871 40th RED ZONE .822 82nd
15.5 3rd POINTS ALLOWED 23.9 33rd
124.5 19th RUSH DEFENSE 147.8 43rd
172.2 7th PASS DEFENSE 215.8 49th
94.4 3rd PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE 121.0 30th
296.8 6th TOTAL DEFENSE 363.7 30th
.322 11th 3rd DOWNS .374 41st
.725 5th RED ZONE .853 73rd
5.2 105th PUNT RETURN 7.3 78th
24.4 13th KICKOFF RETURN 21.5 47th
43.1 2nd NET PUNTING 33.6 123rd
+ 1.2 3rd TURNOVER MARGIN + 0.4 34th
6.3 70th PENALTIES 5.8 55th
16 EDGE 2


Ohio State is 96–25–3 in the seventh game of the season and is 40–13 when playing game seven on the road.

Mike Riley is 108–91 as a collegiate head coach over 15 seasons. He is Oregon State's all-time leader with 93 victories.

Over the last ten years, the Buckeyes are 7–3 in the seventh game of the year and are 15–5 over the last 20 years.



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