No. 25 Nebraska (2-1) vs. Idaho State (1-1), 3:30 p.m. (BTN)
Line: No line.
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Nebraska is using the game to ease running back Rex Burkhead into the lineup after he missed two weeks with a knee injury and to tune up for next week's Big Ten opener against Wisconsin. Idaho State gets $600,000 for three hours of work, and its players get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in one of the great college football venues.
Nebraska running game vs. Idaho State defense. The Cornhuskers' deep stable of backs are averaging 295 yards a game to rank first in Big Ten and eighth nationally. It figures to be a long afternoon for the Bengals, who gave up 484 yards on the ground to Air Force.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Idaho State: WR Derek Graves. The senior caught 15 passes for 118 yards against Air Force and another 15 for 151 yards and a TD against Division II South Dakota State. Let's see what he can do against Nebraska's secondary, which has been the strength of the Huskers' defense.
Nebraska: RB Rex Burkhead. The 2011 All-Big Ten back has been out since the first half of the opener because of a strained knee ligament. He comes back just in time to work out the kinks before Big Ten play begins.
FACTS & FIGURES
This is the third straight year Nebraska has played an opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision. ... Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, who said his goal for the season is to complete 70 percent of his passes, is hitting 71 percent through three games. He's completing 81.3 percent in home games. ... The Huskers are second in the Big Ten in total offense (533 ypg) but 11th in total defense (400 ypg). ... Idaho State is playing an FBS opponent for the second time this season. The Bengals lost their opener 49-21 at Air Force. ... Idaho State has lost 33 straight road games since 2006 and 17 games in a row against FBS teams since beating Utah State in 2000. ... The Bengals' win over Black Hills State ended a nine-game losing streak.