When: 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Beaver Stadium.
TV: Fox Sports One (Justin Kutcher play-by-play, Mark Helfrich color).
2017 records: Penn State 8-2, 5-2 Big Ten. Nebraska 4-6, 3-4 Big Ten.
2016 records: Penn State 11-3; Nebraska 9-4, 6-3 Big Ten.
Last week: Penn State beat Rutgers, 35-6. Nebraska lost to Minnesota, 54-21.
Series and last meeting: Nebraska leads 9-7. The Cornhuskers won the last meeting, 23-20, Nov. 23, 2013.
Coach: Mike Riley, second year at Nebraska (19-17), 17th year overall (112-97).
Cornhuskers 2017: Not good. The Huskers have lost four of five. The only win approaching quality was by a point at Purdue three weeks ago.
Incredibly, 11 months ago, this was the eighth-ranked team in America.
Nebraska’s best player: Senior LB Chris Weber, an Omaha kid, has 82 tackles and eight TFLs. WR Stanley Morgan has 47 catches for 727 yards and seven TDs in just nine games and six starts.
Injury update: Nebraska starting QB Tanner Lee suffered an “impact migraine,’’ last week and is in the concussion protocol. Meaning: may play, may not.
LB Luke Gifford, one the Huskers’ best, is now done for the year with a hip injury. Two starting OLs, Michael Decker and Tanner Farmer, are out indefinitely.
For Penn State, two key pieces who’ve missed the past couple weeks, OT Ryan Bates and DE Ryan Buchholz, practiced this week. Their status is unknown, although coach James Franklin hinted his team, “may get some guys back,’’ this week.
Las Vegas says: Penn State is a 26.5-point favorite. The line opened at 24.
Outlook: You might call this a tough spot for Nebraska from a motivational standpoint. The coach is about to be fired, the team is going nowhere, the starting QB is hurting and perhaps out, and Minnesota hung 54 on ‘em last week. Plus the forecast is for crappy weather.
If Penn State can’t run the ball this week it never will. It will be seeing a 3-4 defense, rare in the college game and especially in the Big Ten, for the second straight week. The Golden Gophers ran for 409 yards against Nebraska last week.
Saquon Barkley needs 101 yards for his third straight 1,000-yard season.
Prediction: Penn State 48, Nebraska 13.