Who: Nebraska (2-6, 1-4) at No. 8 Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten)
When: 12 p.m., Saturday
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Series history: Ohio State leads 5-1. The Buckeyes are undefeated against the Cornhuskers in four games in Columbus. The teams have played only four times since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, but they are scheduled to meet every season from now through 2021.
Last game: Ohio State won 56-14 in Lincoln last season. The Buckeyes led 35-0 at halftime.
Coaches: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is 77-9 in six seasons as the coach of the Buckeyes and 181-32 overall in 17 seasons. Scott Frost is 2-6 in his first season at Nebraska, where he was a star quarterback in the 1990s. he is 21-13 overall in three seasons as a head coach.
Ohio State notes: Sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins is tied for the national lead with 30 touchdowns passes. That is also tied with Troy Smith for No. 3 on Ohio State’s single-season TD pass list…Ohio State has the No. 3 offense in the country (555.5 yards per game) but is among the worst nationally in the red zone, scoring just 75.7 percent of the time. That ranks 117th. The defense is tied for 105th, allowing opponents to score 89.5 percent of the time… The Buckeyes are 118th in penalties per game and 119th in penalty yards assessed per game.
Nebraska notes: The Cornhuskers offense is No. 18 in the nation in total yards (471.2 per game) but just 62nd in scoring (29.8 points per game)… The defense is No. 101 both in yards allowed (438) and scoring (33.4 points allowed per game)… True freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez is 16th nationally with 294.9 yards of total offense per game. He has thrown for 1,656 yards and run for 408 in seven contests… Stanley Morgan Jr. and J.D. Spielman are the top receiver duo in Nebraska history with 1,816 career yards. Spielman is the nephew of Ohio State Hall of Famer Chris Spielman… There are two Ohio natives on the Nebraska roster: Matt Sichterman, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman from Kings, and Tony Butler, a sophomore defensive back from Lakewood St. Edward. Sichterman is listed as the backup right tackle on the depth chart… Nebraska’s depth chart includes 13 players from Nebraska, including starters Jerald Foster (left guard, Lincoln), Ben Stille (defensive end, Ashland), Luke Gifford (linebacker, Lincoln) and Isaac Armstrong (punter and holder, Lincoln)… Gifford leads the team with 11 tackles for loss, including 5.5 sacks.
Quoted: Frost on Ohio State’s dominance of the Big Ten: “I don’t want to comment much on Ohio State, but you start to get used to doing the things that make you a winner that winning becomes a habit. The expectations are that you’re going to win and when you have a team like that you always seems to find a way to get it done. I’ve seen it happen on a lot of teams I’ve been on, that when you go in not just believing you’re going to win, but knowing you’re going to win you find ways.”
Next game: Ohio State plays at Michigan State next Saturday. Nebraska will return home to play host to Illinois.
Prediction: Ohio State 41, Nebraska 27
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