Huskers go for 2 wins in row when Helton, Ga Southern visit

Georgia Southern (1-0) at Nebraska (1-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1)

Line: Nebraska by 21 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Nebraska ended a seven-game losing streak last week against North Dakota and goes for a second win in a row for the first time since early September 2021. The Cornhuskers also are looking to build momentum for their home game against old rival and seventh-ranked Oklahoma next week. Georgia Southern, picked fifth in its seven-team division in the Sun Belt Conference, got the Clay Helton era off to a solid start against overmatched Morgan State and now looks to knock off a Power Five opponent for the first time since upsetting Florida in 2013.

KEY MATCHUP

Nebraska defense vs. Georgia Southern offense. The Cornhuskers’ defense will see a little bit of everything from the Eagles and must stay disciplined. Georgia Southern has scrapped the triple-option offense and now combines between-the-tackle runs with a passing game that stresses defenses.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia Southern: QB Kyle Vantrease has the advantage of having played in Memorial Stadium. He was the starter for Buffalo in its 28-3 loss last year. Last week, he connected with 10 different receivers while throwing for 367 yards and four touchdowns against Morgan State.

Nebraska: LB Nick Henrich missed last week’s game against North Dakota with a minor injury and should return. Henrich gives the defense a veteran presence at linebacker along with Luke Reimer, and that experience will be invaluable against an offense that uses every inch of the field.

FACTS & FIGURES

Georgia Southern will be paid a $1.423 million guarantee. … . Nebraska will wear throwback uniforms honoring the 1983 “Scoring Explosion” team that went 12-1 and averaged 50.3 points per game. … Anthony Grant is the first Huskers running back with consecutive 100-yard games since 2018. His 145-yard-per-game average is third nationally among players who have been in two games. … This is the Eagles’ third game against a Big Ten opponent. They lost at Indiana in 2017 and in the last minute at Minnesota in 2019.

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