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Nebraska vs. Minnesota: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - OCTOBER 12: Ameer Abdullah #8 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs for a 28-yard touchdown in the first half of the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 12, 2013 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2013

Both the No. 24 Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers have plenty to be happy about as they head into their Big Ten Legends clash Saturday.

Nebraska took the time to get healthy with a bye last week and may have starting quarterback Taylor Martinez back. Even without Martinez, the Cornhuskers have outscored their last three opponents by a combined total of 142-46.

Last week, the Golden Gophers managed to halt a two-game skid with an upset win on the road over Northwestern thanks to 179 rushing yards and a defense that was able to force three turnovers.

Now, the two teams with five victories apiece clash for position in the Legends division. Here is everything fans need to know.

 

When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. ET

Where: TCF Bank Stadium , Minneapolis, Minn.

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 51.5
  • Spread: Nebraska (-10.5)

 

Cornhuskers Injury Report (via USA Today)

Cornhuskers Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Spencer LongG10/13/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutKnee
Jake LongTE10/22/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against MinnesotaQuestionableHamstring
Courtney LoveLB08/26/2013Expected to miss the entire seasonOutHamstring
Taylor MartinezQB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against MinnesotaQuestionableFoot/Turf toe
Jamal TurnerWR10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against MinnesotaQuestionableHamstring
Kevin WilliamsDT08/19/2013Will miss the entire seasonOutKnee
USA Today

 

Golden Gophers Injury Report (via USA Today)

Golden Gophers Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Alex BischTE08/28/2013Out indefinitelyOutFoot
Briean Boddy-CalhounCB09/11/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutKnee
Berkley EdwardsRB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against NebraskaQuestionableAnkle
De'Niro LasterLB08/28/2013Out indefinitelyOutKnee
Chris StrevelerQB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against NebraskaQuestionableHand
USA Today

 

Can Minnesota Slow the Cornhuskers?

It seems the Cornhuskers are unstoppable offensively no matter who is under center.

Before his injury, Martinez completed over 66 percent of his passes for 528 yards, nine touchdowns and just one interception. Ron Kellogg III and Tommy Armstrong Jr. are no Martinez, but the offense did not miss a beat.

Much of the sustained offensive success can be attributed to running back Ameer Abdullah, who averages 7.2 yards per carry despite leading the team with 114 attempts. He has gained 816 yards and scored six times, while sophomore Imani Cross has chipped in with 330 yards and eight scores.

That's a lot for the Minnesota defense to digest in one week. To make things worse, the Golden Gophers do not have a strong idea of who will be the signal-caller of choice for Nebraska.

Minnesota's defense will decide the game.

 

Prediction

Sep 14, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) passes against the UCLA Bruins in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

As Andy Kendeigh of KETV Nebraska reports, all signs point toward the Cornhuskers having their star quarterback ready to go Saturday:

If that's the case, Minnesota won't be pulling off any upsets this weekend.

The Cornhuskers rank in the top 10 in points scored with an average of 42.7 per game—that's without their best quarterback under center for a chunk of the season. Minnesota will fail to have an answer for the ground game, and if Martinez plays, he'll be able to efficiently pick his way up and down the field.

Minnesota averages close to 30 points per game, but that's wishful thinking here, as a large portion of that average has come from favorable matchups (tough defenses such as Iowa and Michigan held the Golden Gophers to a combined 20 points).

One of these teams is simply superior to the other.

 

Final Score: Cornhuskers win 34-24.

 

 

Follow B/R's Chris Roling on Twitter for more news and analysis @Chris_Roling

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