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:
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)
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.
Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire