By The Associated Press
North Dakota (0-0) at Nebraska (0-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: No early line on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: Nebraska leads 1-0.
Nebraska are desperate to bounce back from the 31-28 loss to Northwestern in Ireland that put the pressure on Scott Frost. The Cornhuskers are 13-0 against Football Championship Subdivision opponents and should win easily, the key word being ‘should’. North Dakota will face a Power Five opponent for the fourth time since its Division I era began in 2008. The Fighting Hawks are 1-9 against Bowl Subdivision opponents, their only win over Wyoming in 2015 .
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North Dakota plays an aggressive defensive style, and Nebraska’s offensive line and running backs will need to be ready for a bevy of blitzes. The Hawks are bringing back only four defensive starters, but one of them is lead tackle Devon Krzanowski at center linebacker. The Huskers offensive line is looking for a neater performance after clearing the way for just 3.5 yards per carry against Northwestern (2.1 not including Anthony Grant’s 46-yard touchdown) and giving up a few sacks.
North Dakota: QB Tommy Schuster gives the Hawks a firm hand after starting 18 games, including all 11 last season. He threw for a career-high 345 yards in his previous start against an FBS team, 2021 Mountain West champion Utah State, and his 65.5% completion rate led the Missouri Valley Conference.
Nebraska: DE Ochaun Mathis came to Nebraska to be a troublemaker. TCU’s reported transfer made 10 quiet tackles against Northwestern, just one in the second half, and had no quarterback rushes. The Huskers need more of him.
Nebraska won the only previous meeting, 33-0, in 1961. … North Dakota will be guaranteed $515,000 for that game and $560,000 for a return visit in 2026. … Casey Thompson’s 355 yards against Northwestern were a Nebraska record for a quarterback in his first start. … The Hawks ranked third in the FCS in sacks allowed at 0.71 per game. … Bubba Schweigert enters his ninth season at North Dakota coach with a 47-40 record, including 5-6 last season. The Hawks are selected seventh in the 11-team Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll.
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