Live Coverage: Huskers head to Illinois to open Big Ten play

Channel 8’s Matt Reynoldson anchors our coverage from Champaign, Ill. as the Huskers get set to open Big Ten play against the Illini. 

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From: Nebraska Athletics

Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play on Saturday night with the Huskers traveling to Champaign to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. The prime-time tilt at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium is set to kick off shortly after 7 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on BTN and radio coverage available on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG.

Nebraska heads into Big Ten action with a 2-1 record, following an impressive 44-8 victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday in Lincoln. Nebraska opened a 16-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back as the Blackshirt defense held NIU out of the end zone. The Huskers rolled up 525 yards of total offense, including better than 235 yards both rushing and passing.

Illinois will enter Saturday’s contest with a 2-1 record, following a 34-31 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday in Champaign. Illinois had opened the year with victories over Akron and at Connecticut before the setback this past weekend. Coach Lovie Smith’s team has been strong on defense this season, allowing less than 320 yards per game, including just 79.3 rushing yards per game.

Nebraska and Illinois have a history of opening league play against each other. Since their first meeting as Big Ten opponents in 2013, the Huskers have opened conference play against Illinois four times in seven seasons. Nebraska is 5-1 against the Illini since joining the Big Ten Conference.