Rutgers vs. Nebraska: Stream, injury report, broadcast info for Friday

Injury report, key players, and how to watch Rutgers vs. Nebraska on Friday night

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday night, and if you’re wondering how you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.

A marquee matchup is not how I would describe this game, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t important stakes for both teams. At the start of the season, both programs likely circled this game as a must-win if they had any chance of making a bowl game. Rutgers sits at 3-2 with all of their wins coming from their non-conference schedule. Nebraska took care of business against Indiana last week to move them to 1-1 in conference and 2-3 overall. The Cornhuskers fired their coach before the end of September and even have an international loss on their record, but the offense showed some life last week, putting up 35 points. The Scarlet Knights have failed to score more than 22 points against a FBS school this season, but surprisingly scored first against Ohio State (before letting up 49 points) and picked off Heisman Trophy favorite, C.J. Stroud last week. Both teams need a victory to see their postseason hopes turn to more of a reality.

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Here’s when you should tune in to see the game:

  • Date: October 7, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch here)

Nebraska at Rutgers injury report:

Rutgers:

  • DL Mohamed Toure – Out for season (knee), LB Moses Walker – Out for season (knee), QB Gavin Wimsatt – Questionable (Undisclosed), RB Aaron Young – Out Indefinitely (Undisclosed)

Nebraska:

  • RB Ajay Allen – Out for season (Undisclosed), TE Thomas  Fidone II – Out Indefinitely (Knee), WR Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda – Questionable (Undisclosed), OL Nouredin Nouili – Out for season (Suspension)

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Players to watch:

Casey Thompson (Nebraska – QB): Thompson is an athlete, there’s no question. He showed some dual-threat ability last season at Texas, but his rushing numbers have not been strong this season as a result of being sacked 14 times through five games sacks through the first five games (sacked 16 times in 12 games last season). Against Indiana, Thompson threw for 270 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception while adding a score on the ground. Rutgers defense should provide more of a hinderance, but Thompson should still make a few explosive plays.

Tyreem Powell (Rutgers – LB): Powell will have the tough task of keeping Thompson in check Friday night. He currently leads Rutgers with three sacks on the season, and considering the lack of protection the Nebraska quarterback has received so far, he could add to that total against Nebraska. The entire defense may only have 9 total sacks, but they have come from all three levels. Even if the Huskers can somehow keep Powell in check, they will likely be facing pressure all evening.

Trey Palmer (Nebraska – WR): The LSU transfer is coming off a breakout performance against Indiana. Last weekend, Palmer hauled in eight catches for 157 yards and a touchdown after not logging over 100 yards in a game in his collegiate career prior. He leads his team in receptions with 36, receiving yards with 480 and receiving touchdowns with two. Palmer has provided a source of optimism for the Cornhusker offense, and Rutgers will have its hands full trying to contain him.

Samuel Brown (Rutgers – RB): The true freshman out of Philadelphia received some extra early season reps due to injuries in the backfield and took the reigns of the running back rotation. He is now the leader in the backfield with 210 total yards and is tied for the team lead with two rushing touchdowns. He is second on the team in carries, but only four off the leader and his 5.0 average yards per carry are stronger than the man ahead of him. No longer a change of pace back, Brown paces the backfield and is a problem for any opposing defense.

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Top 5 Big Ten Week 6 games and predictions

Week 6 of the season sees some huge Big Ten matchups as conference play is in full swing. Let’s see the top five Big Ten games this week.

Big Ten play rolls onward with a Week 6 slate full of matchups across the conference. While this week may lack a little star power and flash on paper and at first glance, the underlying storylines this week are plentiful.

As always, some games are left off of this list as they just don’t get the juices flowing. Unfortunately, that honor goes to the Friday night heavyweight battle taking place in Piscataway when the Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. As the sole Big Ten game taking place on Friday, it does get TV treatment of FS1, which is some sort of reward for these teams that otherwise wouldn’t attract many ratings.

The Penn State Nittany Lions and Minnesota Golden Gophers find themselves on a bye week. Penn State is ranked No. 10 in the country and sitting pretty with a perfect 5-0 record. The Golden Gophers limp into the bye after an underwhelming loss at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers.

With those four teams out of the way, there are 10 others suiting up head-to-head on Saturday that make up our top 5 Big Ten games of the week.

Everything Kirk Ferentz said ahead of Iowa-Illinois

Here is everything Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz said while previewing the Hawkeyes’ matchup at Illinois with the media.

Iowa travels to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini come Saturday night in prime time at 6:30 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network. After a tough home loss versus No. 4 Michigan, the Hawkeyes are hoping to get back into the winner’s column.

Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz broke Bret Bielema’s Illinois Fighting Illini and touched on a number of topics in his weekly press conference. Here was everything Ferentz had to say ahead of the road battle against the Fighting Illini.

Rutgers continues to fall in latest USA TODAY 1-131 re-rank

USA TODAY released their weekly re-rank of all 131 FBS schools. How does Rutgers matchup with the rest of the Big Ten and the nation?

Rutgers had the tallest of tasks in Week 5 of the 2022 college football season: taking on Ohio State. To make things tougher, the Scarlet Knights were in the Buckeyes house. The game went about how one might have expected, with Rutgers losing 49-10 when the clock hit 0:00.

Ohio State is No. 3 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, the AP Poll, and this week’s re-rank – and Rutgers is in the early stages of a rebuild. Add in the fact that the Heisman Trophy favorite plays quarterback for the Buckeyes, and it starts to make more and sense that the Scarlet Knights took a tumble in the rankings.

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Like every week, Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY released his weekly re-rank of all 131 FBS schools. Rutgers settled in down at No. 69, falling just below the middle of the pack for the first time since the preseason when they were ranked No. 91. In order to bounce back, they will need to take care of business at home against Nebraska on Friday night.

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The biggest drop in the rankings this week belongs to Wisconsin, who fell 19 spots to No. 73 after losing to Illinois. Purdue saw the largest jump, moving 25 spots up to No. 47 after taking down Minnesota. Let’s see how the entire Big Ten performed in the re-rank released from Week 5.

Last week’s rank Teams This week’s rank
3 Ohio State 3
4 Michigan 4
6 Penn State 7
34 Maryland 27
26 Minnesota 33
66 Illinois 45
72 Purdue 47
40 Iowa 50
53 Michigan State 64
58 Rutgers 69
54 Wisconsin 73
80 Indiana 88
115 Nebraska 93
109 Northwestern 112

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Big Ten football and big game expert predictions and picks for Week 6

Time for our writers to give their predictions and picks for all the Big Ten games and the best six of the national games for Week 6 of the CFP season. #B1G

Every year (and every week of the CFB season) we have a little friendly competition among our writers for world domination when it comes to picking Big Ten and some of the bigger college football games.

We’ll bring you our expert picks and predictions on all the league games against the spread, and straight-up throughout the season. We’ll even give you what you didn’t know you wanted with six of the best non-Big Ten games known as our “Pick Six” now that we’ve entered the conference part of the schedule. As an added note, if there’s a tie with any of the picks, George Washington decides it via the old-fashioned coin flip.

As a reminder, if there’s an asterisk next to the pick, that means the team will win, but not cover.

EXAMPLE:
– If you think Ohio State will win minus-3.5 over an opponent: OSU
– If you think Ohio State will win outright: OSU
– If you think Ohio State will win, but NOT cover: OSU*

Get more betting analysis and predictions at Sportsbook Wire.

Here are our expert picks for a pretty big Week 6, but first, here are the modest results so far. We promise to try and be better …

History of the Matchup: Rutgers vs. Nebraska

In the lead up to this Friday’s game, let’s take a look back at the history between Rutgers football and Nebraska

Rutgers football is 3-2 and gearing up for Week 6 of the college football season. They return home after a big loss to Ohio State in Week 5 for a game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The Scarlet Knights started the season 3-0, all non-conference games. They have only Big Ten matchups remaining. Their first conference matchup was a home sell-out against the Iowa Hawkeyes that they lost 27-10. Rutgers also  dropped their second conference contest against Ohio State 49-10. The Iowa game never really felt close, and the Ohio State game was never supposed to be close. Surprisingly, the Knights scored first against the Buckeyes but that was the extent of them making it seem competitive.

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In Week 6, Rutgers has an important matchup. It is one of the few matchups left on their schedule where it feels like it is an even match-up. They are No. 93 in the latest USA TODAY weekly re-rank of all 131 FBS schools.

There is not an extensive history between Rutgers and Nebraska, but their first matchup dates all the way back to 1920. The programs would not meet again until after Rutgers joined the Big Ten, in October of 2014. Scarlet Knights have not fared well against Cornhuskers throughout history on the gridiron. Nebraska is 5-0 all-time against Rutgers. Let’s check out the full history between these two programs.

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Ranking Big Ten quarterbacks in Total QBR after Week 5

Ranking Big Ten quarterbacks by Total QBR after Week 6. Is C.J. Stroud still hanging onto the top spot with J.J. McCarthy of Michigan now included for the first week? #GoBucks

Another week is down in the Big Ten and it’s time for us to check in on which conference quarterbacks are doing the best at their position, including Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud.

The metric we like to use more than any other is ESPN’s Total QBR rating because we find it to be a better indicator of performance because it takes into account many other things others don’t including the level of competition.

According to ESPN, Adjusted Total Quarterback Rating “values the quarterback on all play types on a 0-100 scale adjusted for the strength of opposing defenses faced.”

OK. we’re game.

So where are Stroud and other Big Ten signal-callers following Week 5 of the college football season? Here’s a ranking of the top 15 based on quarterbacks that play an average of 20 action plays per game. That means Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy is in the rankings for the first time so it’s interesting to see where he is too.

 

Iowa Hawkeyes Week 6 opponent defense outlook: Players to know for the Illinois Fighting Illini

The Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Illinois in Week 6. Here is an defensive outlook for what the Fighting Illini will try to do and who to watch.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are nearing an upcoming trip to Champaign, IL to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini this Saturday in Week 6 of the college football season. This border matchup within the Big Ten West has two programs each desperately wanting to take home the win in this, but for different reasons.

Iowa enters the matchup after a loss to the Michigan Wolverines last week that went a long way in showcasing why the Wolverines are a true College Football Playoff contender.

Illinois is coming off of an extremely impressive 34-10 win on the road at Wisconsin that shocked a lot of people. The Illini are confident under the Bret Bielema regime and looking to take that next step towards a bowl berth and Big Ten relevancy.

Illinois plays a stout defense, nearly as talented at the Hawkeyes are, and will rely heavily on them to keep this a low-scoring affair.

Nebraska tight end Travis Vokolek set for Friday return to Rutgers

Travis Vokolek talks about his return to SHI Stadium to play Rutgers football.

Travis Vokolek does not know many of the players left on the Rutgers football roster, but the former Scarlet Knights tight end is still looking forward to his return to New Jersey.

On Friday night, Rutgers (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) will host Nebraska (2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) in what will be a return home of sorts for Vokolek.

A class of 2017 recruit, Vokolek played for Rutgers under former head coach Chris Ash. He seemed primed for a big role in the offense following a redshirt freshman season in 2018 where he had 16 catches for 184 yards with two touchdowns.

Instead, the Missouri native transferred out from Rutgers to the Big Ten West program and has now settled in with the Cornhuskers.

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So far this season, Vokolek has seven catches for 76 yards for Nebraska.

“It will be a fun trip back to New Jersey. It is something that I have been looking forward to for awhile. I know a couple of guys on the team. A lot of them are gone now that I was close with,” Vokolek told reporters this week.

“Either graduated or transferred out. I have been in touch with those guys that we are going to see Friday and talking a little trash with them. But I am looking forward to getting out there and the challenge with the game this Friday.”

Coming out of Kickapoo High School (Springfield, MO), Vokolek was a two-star recruit.  He held Power Five offers from Minnesota and Rutgers.

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Vokolek is a big potential target for Nebraska if they can start to integrate him into the offense more effectively. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end is built to be a red zone threat and a potential match-up nightmare for opposing defenses.

Nebraska interim head coach Mickey Joseph sees Vokolek’s impact on the offense and thinks it can and will grow.

“I think he will. Travis is a big part of this offense,” Joseph said.

“We look for him to catch balls, and he’s also a great run blocker. He knows pass protect also. He’s got a big role in this offense but I think we will see more of him.”

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Each Big Ten football team’s Week 5 summed up with a GIF

Summing up each Big Ten football team’s Week 5 performance in GIF form.

This has been a wonky Big Ten football season, hasn’t it?

Sure, Ohio State and Michigan are humming along nicely and look to be the standard bearers. But two head coach firings in season from a conference known for its stability and patience is just something we don’t see around these parts.

Factor in the disappointing seasons from Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin (throw Northwestern in there as well) and this has been anything but a steady season in the Big Ten.

So check out the week that was around the Big Ten summed up in gif-form from ‘Curb Your Enthusiam.’ We promise you it will be pretty, pretty good.

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