Game Week: Michigan – University of Nebraska
NEBRASKA vs. MICHIGAN
OCT. 9, 2021 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 6.30 p.m. (HC)
Television – ABC
RADIO – Huskers Radio Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Jérémie Sirles)
INTERNET RADIO – Huskers.com
SPANISH BROADCAST – Huskers.com
AUDIO APP – Official Huskers App
Record: 3-3, 1-2 Big Ten
Last game: vs. Northwestern (W, 56-7)
Coach: Scott frost
Career / File NU: 34-30 (6th year) / 15-23 (4th year)
vs. Michigan: 0-2
Record: 5-0, 2-0 Big Ten
Last game: at Wisconsin (W, 38-17)
Rankings: AP-9, Coaches-8
Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Career file / UM: 112-49 (13th year) / 54-22 (7th year)
v Nebraska: 1-0
STORY OF THE SERIES
• All-time streak: Michigan leads, 5-4-1
• In Lincoln: Nebraska leads, 1-0-1
• Last match: Michigan 56-10, 09/22/2018 (at Ann Arbor)
• Winning streak: Michigan, 1 game
Nebraska completes a two-game prime-time homestand this Saturday when the Huskers host Michigan at Memorial Stadium. The encounter between two of college football’s most traditionally rich programs is set to begin shortly after 6.30pm CT. The game will be televised on ABC and can be heard on the Huskers Radio Network.
Nebraska are 3-3 this season and 1-2 in the Big Ten Conference game after a dominant 56-7 win over Northwestern on Saturday night. Nebraska scored its most points in 11 seasons of play in the Big Ten Conference, while posting its largest margin of victory in a championship game in 20 seasons. The Nebraska offense racked up over 600 yards for the second time this season, becoming the first team to record 600 total offensive yards against Northwestern in 16 seasons.
Michigan enter the game with a perfect 5-0 record and a 2-0 record in the Big Ten after a 38-17 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. Michigan is ranked ninth in the Associated Press poll and eighth in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Wolverines controlled the game with Wisconsin from the start and walked away with 28 unanswered points in the second half. Michigan limited Wisconsin to just 43 rushing yards and 210 total yards, while forcing three Badger turnovers.
Coach Jim Harbaugh’s team are among the best racing teams in the country. Michigan is averaging 255.0 yards per game rushing to lead the Big Ten to place seventh nationally. Defensively, the Wolverines are allowing just 12.8 points per game and 285.8 total yards per game and have limited each of their five opponents to 17 points or less.
Saturday night’s game at Memorial Stadium marks Michigan’s first visit to Lincoln since 2012.
Series history: Nebraska vs. Michigan
Saturday’s game between Nebraska and Michigan will be the 11th all-time game between the two schools, with Michigan holding a 5-4-1 advantage. The teams have split into four games since Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference in 2011.
• Saturday’s game will be Michigan’s first visit to Lincoln since 2012, when unranked Nebraska defeated Number 20 Michigan 23-9 in a prime-time game at Memorial Stadium.
• This will only be the third meeting between the schools of Lincoln, with the schools playing a tie in a clash in 1911.
• While schools have only met four times in Nebraska’s first 10 years in the Big Ten, Nebraska and Michigan are expected to meet annually from 2021 to 2025.
• Prior to Nebraska’s entry into the Big Ten, teams only played twice between 1962 and 2011, sharing a pair of bowl games. Michigan won 27-23 in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl, while Nebraska won a four-point victory in the 2005 Alamo Bowl.
Husker-Wolverines Tilt features two traditional Powers
Nebraska and Michigan are two of eight schools in college football history to have won 900 or more games, with Michigan ranking first in all-time wins (969) and Nebraska seventh (908).
This is the fourth time in the past three seasons that Nebraska has participated in a two-program match with 900 or more wins. Nebraska’s games with Ohio State in 2019 and 2020, and their trip to Oklahoma on September 18, 2021, also matched 900-win schedules.
• Nebraska and Michigan combined to win 16 national championships, including sharing the 1997 national title. Schools also combined to win 88 conference titles, including 46 by Nebraska and 42 by Michigan, and have made 101 combined appearances of bowls.
Prime Time at Memorial Stadium
Nebraska will face Michigan in the spotlight, scoring the Huskers’ second straight game at Memorial Stadium. Prior to last week’s game with Northwestern, Nebraska had not played a home game since a 2019 game with Ohio State. Saturday’s game with Michigan will only be Nebraska’s fourth game in Scott frost‘s four seasons as a head coach.
• Historically, Nebraska has a strong history of success in night games at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers are 48-8 in home games since their first prime-time game at Memorial Stadium in 1986.
• Nebraska are 7-3 in prime-time home games against opponents from the Big Ten since joining the league in 2011.
• Including the September 25 prime-time road game at Michigan State, Nebraska will play its third straight game this Saturday. This is the first time NU has played three games in a row since a three-game streak in 2019 (Northern Illinois, at Illinois, Ohio State).
• This is the first time Nebraska has hosted home games for two consecutive weeks since October 2017, when the Huskers hosted Wisconsin and Ohio State in the spotlight for two consecutive games.
Huskers will face another ranked opponent
Michigan enters Saturday night’s game ranked No.9 in the Associated Press poll and No.8 in the Coaches Poll. Michigan will be Nebraska’s third nationally ranked opponent in the last four games, joining Oklahoma (No. 3) and Michigan State (No. 20). Nebraska also have games remaining against AP No. 3 Iowa and seventh-placed Ohio State.
• This is the first time that Nebraska have faced three ranked opponents in four games in the same season since 2011, when NU played against ranked opponents (at Penn State, Mich.) In two of the last three games in the league. regular season and played South Carolina’s No.10 in the Capital One Bowl.
• Nebraska have also faced ranked opponents three times in a four-game streak spanning the end of the 2019 season and the first game of the 2020 season at Ohio State.
Black shirts playing at high level in 2021
The veteran Nebraska Blackshirt defense showed its teeth in 2021, starting with dominating efforts in home wins over Fordham and Buffalo. The Blackshirts have continued their momentum over the past three weeks and rank among the best defenses in the Big Ten.
• Nebraska held five consecutive opponents 23 points or less, marking the first time Nebraska held five consecutive opponents 23 points or less since games 4-8 of the 2016 season.
• The Blackshirt defense limited the three Big Ten opponents to 326 yards or less. Since last season, Nebraska have held four consecutive Big Ten opponents to 350 yards or less, their longest streak in Big Ten games since the 2016 season.
• Perhaps the Blackshirts’ most impressive defensive effort of the season came at No. 20 Michigan State. The Huskers limited the MSU to 254 total yards in an overtime loss. In the final 30 minutes of settlement, Michigan State had no first downs and gained just 14 yards on 15 offensive plays.
• Nebraska held Northwestern scoreless in the second half on Saturday night. In the last two games, the Blackshirts have allowed just seven first downs in the second half, no offensive points and 120 yards combined on 45 opposing snaps.
• Nebraska continued Oklahoma’s powerful offense to 408 total yards in a 23-16 loss on September 18. OU’s offensive exit ended a seven-game streak with the Blackshirts limiting opponents to less than 400 yards. It was the first time NU has held seven straight enemies within 400 yards of offense since an eight-game streak spanning the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
• The Blackshirts have had one of the best defensive efforts against Oklahoma in recent years. Nebraska limited the Sooners to 23 points, ending a 65-game streak for OU with at least 27 points.
• Oklahoma were limited to seven points in the first half, marking the first time the Sooners were limited to single digits in the first half of a home game since 2012.
• The Blackshirt defense allowed 33 points in a three-game streak from Fordham to Oklahoma. This is the fewest points Nebraska have allowed in three games since the 2010 season.
• Nebraska defeated Fordham (52-7) and Buffalo (28-3) in back-to-back home wins. The defensive efforts of his two wins marked the first time Nebraska have kept back-to-back single-digit opponents since 2010, when NU beat Kansas 20-3 and lost 9-6 to Texas A&M. Nebraska allowed just 17 points overall in three home games in 2021.
• The three runs against Buffalo were the weakest for Nebraska since a 24-3 win over Michigan State in 2011. Nebraska held the Bulls scoreless in the first half, the first opponent NU shut out in the first half. time since taking a 34-0 halftime lead at Maryland in 2019.
• Nebraska played more than seven quarters without allowing a touchdown before Oklahoma’s score in the first quarter. Nebraska also registered 79:57 of play without allowing a run before Buffalo’s field goal in the third quarter.
• Nebraska have not allowed any runs in the fourth quarter of their first three games before a touchdown in Oklahoma in the fourth quarter. Nebraska led the opposition 55-14 in the fourth quarter, with the defense allowing just seven of those points.
• The defense also set the tone in the first quarter. Opponents scored just 16 points in the first quarter, with the Blackshirts winning just two first quarter touchdowns in six games.
• Husker’s defense forced four turnovers against Fordham and Buffalo, with the four takeaways leading to touchdowns in Nebraska (28 points). NU’s three takeaways against Fordham were the biggest since forcing four turnovers at Maryland in 2019. Nebraska intercepted three assists against Fordham, the first game with three picks since the season opener. 2019 against South Alabama.
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