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The 2021 NFL Preseason Week 3 season has finally arrived and it starts Saturday with an intriguing Week 0 matchup featuring a matchup pf Big Ten opponents when Illinois plays host to Nebraska at the Illini’s Memorial Stadium. However, the setting of Champaign, Illinois, wasn’t where this game was initially set to be played. The Illini and Cornhuskers were originally scheduled to play this game across the Atlantic Ocean in Dublin, Ireland. Unfortunately, the game was canceled and moved back to the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, this will be the last time the pandemic impacts either’s season.

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Both teams are hoping to bounce back from rough seasons and are led by veteran quarterbacks. Adrian Martinez is back for his third season at starter for the Cornhuskers, while Brandon Peters will begin his third season as the starter at Illinois. The Cornhuskers finished last season with a record of 3-5, while the Illini went 2-6.

This will be the 19th meeting between the programs, and Nebraska has dominated the series overall, going 13-4-1 in the first 18 games. That includes a 6-2 mark since Nebraska joined the Big Ten.

Nebraska wants revenge: Neither of these teams found the 2020 season enjoyable, as Nebraska finished 3-5 and Illinois checked in at 2-6. Unfortunately for Nebraska, one of Illinois’ two wins was at its expense. The Illini went to Lincoln and took advantage of five Nebraska turnovers en route to a 41-23 victory. Luke McCaffrey — who has since transferred out of the Nebraska program — threw three interceptions, which offset his two rushing touchdowns. Meanwhile, Illinois saw two running backs rush for over 100 yards as Mike Epstein finished with 113, Chase Brown had 110. Both players are back with the Illini this fall.

Where is Scott Frost’s offense? When Frost was brought to Nebraska to save the program for which he once played, he was seen as an offensive visionary of sorts. Not only had his UCF team completed a 13-0 season with a win in the Peach Bowl, but it had done so with one of the most exciting offenses in the country, scoring 48.2 points per game. That hasn’t been the case in Lincoln, Nebraska, however. In Frost’s first three seasons, Nebraska’s offense is yet to finish higher than sixth in the conference in points per game, and that was in Frost’s first season. The Cornhuskers scored only 23.1 points per game last year, which ranked 12th. They enter the 2021 season with Martinez at QB but without one of their biggest playmakers in Wan’Dale Robinson (transferred to Kentucky). On Saturday, they’ll face an Illini defense that will look different but features a lot of the same players from a unit that allowed 34.9 points per game last season.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini meet up in Week 0 at Memorial Stadium (Champaign) in Illinois. Kick off is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will air on FOX. We’re kicking off the college football with Big Ten action as two programs in precarious positions try to get their season started off on the right foot.

Coming off a 3-5 campaign in 2020, Nebraska is looking to garner some positive momentum for head coach Scott Frost, especially after recent news of the program being under investigation by the NCAA. Meanwhile, Illinois is coming off a 2-6 last place season last fall and is seeking a victory in new head coach Bret Bielema’s debut in Champaign.

You can live stream Saturday’s Nebraska vs. Illinois game at FOX Live or through the Bally Sports app. It will require a cable login with access to FS1. If you don’t have a cable login Sports Go app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.

Nebraska is a 7-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, and -260 on the moneyline. That makes Illinois a +210 moneyline underdog, with the point total is set at 53.

Want to watch the Nebraska football team as it faces Illinois? Here’s what you need to watch the Huskers.

The 2021 Nebraska football season is finally getting started! Scott Frost and the Huskers are on the road and ready to start things off with a game against Bret Bielema and the Illinois Fighting Illini.

As Nebraska gets set to play in the first game of its season, many of the headlines over the past couple weeks have been surrounding the NCAA’s investigation into the Huskers. But now, with actual football set to be played, hopefully Nebraska football fans will be able to sit back and enjoy some actual football.

There are some interesting stakes in this game for Frost. The former star quarterback for the Huskers has been far from great as a head coach and there’s plenty of pressure on him to succeed. Meanwhile, his counterpart over at Illinois is getting a fresh start.

Here’s everything you need to watch the Huskers take on Illinois.

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