Location: Memorial Stadium – Lincoln, Neb.
The (unofficial) Battle for NU takes place in Lincoln this year as Pat Fitzgerald looks to give the Huskers all they can handle and maybe a little more yet again. The Huskers managed a 24-13 win in Evanston last year, but it wasn’t easy to secure.
All eyes will be on quarterback Clayton Thorson and one of the Big Ten’s best running backs in Justin Jackson. This is a running game that may give Nebraska a decent challenge as the Wildcats return three starters on the offensive line and add Georgia Tech transfer Trey Klock.
Former Oregon Duck wide receiver Jalen Brown joins a corps that hopes to recover from the losses of Austin Carr (1,247 yards, 12 TDs in 2016) and Andrew Scanlan (331 yards). Solomon Vault (154 yards, 2 TDs) will miss the entire season following lower-body surgery.
The Wildcat defense could make hay if they take advantage of any Big Red miscommunications or slip ups. Cornerback Montre Hartage and safety Godwin Igwebuike help solidify a quality Big Ten secondary that will be looking for any errant throws or poorly-ran routes.