Nebraska vs Minnesota primer

The Huskers will look to their returning way when they face Minnesota on Senior Day this Saturday.

No. 25 Minnesota (7-3, 4-2) at No. 23 Nebraska (8-2, 4-2)
Saturday, 11 a.m. CT on ESPN

Game headlines:

* The Huskers look to get back into the win column after an embarrassing loss to Wisconsin last weekend.

* It’s senior day in Lincoln and the Huskers will honor 13 players playing their final game in Lincoln.

* The Huskers look to avenge an 11-point loss to the hands of Minnesota last season.

Injury report:

* Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (knee) isn’t 100 percent according to Bo Pelini, but has improved from last week.

* Nebraska linebacker/defensive end Marcus Newby (foot) is available to play on Saturday.

LINCOLN, Neb. - A lot of the attention around Saturday’s senior day will focus on running back Ameer Abdullah and wide receiver Kenny Bell, but 11 other players will be honored as well.

“I think it’s a mature group of guys,” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said. “I’ve been there. I understand that it’s an emotional day for them. It’s the last time in the stadium for them in front of the fans knowing that your career is kind of wrapping up. It’s always emotional, but once you get into the game, usually you are able to get it under control and just are able to play ball.”

The group will feature players like Derek Foster, who has yet to play in a game during his career, but continued to practice with the team.

“That’s what makes this program special,” Pelini said. “You don’t get that across the country. You just don’t. You don’t get guys that are willing to do what (they) did. We get a lot of guys who do that and really don’t blink an eye. They come out here every day and bust their butts and understand what their role is. And you have to give those guys a lot of credit.”

One guy who has seen the field plenty over the years is Josh Mitchell. The cornerback went from a young player that at one point was struggling to a leader on defense.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” said Mitchell. “People have brought it up and asked me about it. As far as my feelings towards everything right now, I am just taking it day by day and trying to get to this next game. I am sure when I get to the tunnel it’ll hit me then, and I will be able to reflect then. But right now I am just focused on being a leader and bringing my teammates up and making myself a better player.”

Harvey’s keys to a Nebraska victory:

* Keep Cobb in check. While he isn’t Melvin Gordon, senior David Cobb is one of the better runners in the Big Ten and has a bit of history with Nebraska. The Texas native rushed 31 times for 138 yards last season in the Gophers win. If Nebraska wants to win this game, they have to keep him under 100 yards in my opinion. The Gophers are a grind it out type of squad and the offense can’t be on the sidelines for six to seven minutes at a time.

* Get quarterback Tommy Armstrong into an early rhythm. The sophomore looks like he’s lost a lot of confidence more than anything. A couple screen passes, a nice first down or two could really settle the nerves of trying to play well. As Kenny Bell put it earlier this week, Armstrong doesn’t have to be “Superman.” Nebraska has enough weapons on offense, he just needs to be a game-manager.

* Avoid the snowball. In Nebraska’s two losses this season, when things went wrong, they went really wrong. For a team that had so many great comeback victories over the years, this team has had a hard time bouncing back from adversity – even against Purdue. If the Gophers hit them in the mouth early, they can’t fold.

Harvey joins 93.7 The Ticket’s Mike Welch to recap Wisconsin and preview the Gophers:

Big Red Report score predictions:

Josh Harvey, Nebraska: 35, Minnesota: 27

Bryan Munson, BRR staff: Nebraska: 24, Minnesota: 21

Matt Svoboda, BRR contributor: Nebraska: 27, Minnesota: 24

Brandon Huffman, Nebraska: 31, Minnesota: 28 Nebraska: 31, Minnesota: 24

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