Nebraska, Michigan Ready for Primetime

By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations
By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations

Two of the most storied programs in college football history will meet in a key Big Ten Legends Division showdown, as Nebraska plays host to Michigan Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2, with kickoff set for shortly after 7 p.m. CT.

The meeting is the second between the two schools as members of the Big Ten Conference and just the second meeting all-time between the two schools in Lincoln. In fact, the Wolverines will be making their first-ever appearance at Memorial Stadium as the only other meeting in Lincoln occurred 101 years ago in 1911.

Nebraska comes into the contest at 5-2, including a 2-1 mark in Big Ten play, following a dramatic, 29-28 comeback win at Northwestern on Saturday. Nebraska trailed by 12 points in the fourth quarter before rallying with two late touchdown drives to tie the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history.

Michigan is currently atop the Legends Division standings at 3-0 in the Big Ten and 5-2 overall, with its only losses against a pair of top-five teams in Alabama and Notre Dame. Like Nebraska, Michigan comes into the game after a dramatic win, using a field goal in the final seconds to defeat Michigan State, 12-10, on Saturday in Ann Arbor. Michigan has been particularly impressive on defense in Big Ten play, allowing just 7.7 points per game. The recent surge has put Michigan back in the national rankings at No. 20 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.

In addition to adding another great matchup to the history of Memorial Stadium, Saturday’s game will also serve as a celebration of 50 years of consecutive sellouts at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers’ sellout streak, which will reach 323 games on Saturday night, began on Nov. 3, 1962 against Missouri.

Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations


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