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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers: Start time, TV coverage, how to watch online, preview, betting line, more

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Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Northwestern Wildcats and Nebraska Cornhuskers square off in Lincoln, Nebraska Saturday headed in opposite directions. Northwestern, who ascended into the top 15 after a 27-0 beatdown of Minnesota in Week 5, has fallen off a cliff. The Wildcats have lost two straight games, albeit both to ranked teams, by a combined 68 points.

Nebraska, on the other hand, is looking up. The Huskers are a remarkably unlucky 3-4 — they've lost their four games by a combined 11 points, and have lost games in overtime, on a last-second Hail Mary, on a last-second touchdown pass, and on a late field goal — but scored 48 points last week in a win over Minnesota. And more importantly, their underlying numbers are impressive. Nebraska comes into the matchup with Northwestern with a top-25 S&P+ offense and a sturdy run defense.

Here's what you need to know ahead of Saturday's game:

Preview Links

- Northwestern will be missing starting defensive tackle C.J. Robbins, who was ruled out for Saturday on Northwestern's Week 8 injury report.

- Northwestern's Week 8 depth chart features a lot of changes on the offense line.

- Former Northwestern linebacker Nate Williams was in attendance for Northwestern's homecoming loss to Iowa, and tried to dissect what went wrong.

- Nebraska SB Nation site Corn Nation gave as some great insight while also managing to troll Northwestern fans.

Here's what Pat Fitzgerald had to say about Nebraska at his weekly press conference.

- What the heck has gone wrong for Northwestern? Our Josh Rosenblat has a theory.

Three matchups to watch on Saturday.

"Being honest with yourself is always the first step in fixing a problem." - Kevin Trahan on the need for some objective self-assessment at Northwestern.

- Ian McCafferty breaks down Iowa's counter play that killed NU's defense.

Three things to know about the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

- Pat Fitzgerald seems to think turnovers are a big problem for Northwestern's defense. But in reality, the problem is literally everything else.

- Northwestern is sliding in our Big Ten power rankings. They're also no longer a top 25 team.

- Henry Bushnell and Jason Dorow preview Northwestern-Nebraska on our bi-weekly podcast.

- Northwestern still could reach double digit wins, but our Henry Bushnell almost feels as if the season is over.

Broadcast Information

Start time: 11 a.m. CT
TV: ESPN2
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Mobile: WatchESPN App
Radio: WGN 720 AM, WNUR 89.3 FM
Listen Online: WGNWNUR
Line: Nebraska -7.5