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FACTS & FIGURES

Nebraska has won 26 straight openers, the nation’s longest streak, and has won each by at least 10 points. … The Huskers could start three former walk-ons on the offensive line _ guards Spencer Long and Seung Hoon Choi and center Justin Jackson. … Burkheads 1,357 yards last season were most by a Nebraska running back since 1997. … Junior Chris Campbell was named starting quarterback for Southern Miss, beating out two other challengers, but all three will play. … Southern Miss won its last meeting with the Huskers, beating them 21-17 in Lincoln in 2004. … The Eagles are on a school-record streak of 18 straight winning seasons.

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Miami, Ohio at No. 18 Ohio State, noon (BTN)

Line: Ohio State by 23

Series Record: Ohio State leads 4-0

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Both sides are looking for a watershed victory as proof of a turnaround. Miami needs a sign that things are improving after coach Don Treadwell’s debut team went 4-8 a year ago. Ohio State, of course, is trumpeting a new era under native son Urban Meyer, who won two national titles at Florida and is returning to the sidelines after retiring due to health and family considerations (a year he spent working for ESPN as an analyst).

KEY MATCHUP

Much has been made of Meyer’s new high-octane offense, but the key will be Ohio State’s defense against the pass-happy RedHawks. QB Zac Dysert and WR Nick Harwell look to stretch the field and expose a Buckeyes’ defense that didn’t get many sacks a year ago and surrendered yardage in chunks. The Buckeyes return eight starters, led by a fearsome front line built around DE John Simon. Dysert threw for 293 yards a game in 2011, with 23 TDs and 11 picks. Harwell had 97 catches for 1,425 receiving yards and nine TDs.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Miami: DL Austin Brown had three sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss a year ago. He and his linemates must apply pressure to slow down Ohio State’s new no-huddle, sprint-to-the-line offense. CB Dayonne Nunley, a first-team All-MAC pick a year ago, also must have a big game.

Ohio State: WR Jake Stoneburner, a former TE, steps into the spotlight. Most figure he’ll be the favorite target for QB Braxton Miller, who is a year older and wiser after a rocky freshman year as starter. RB Carlos Hyde gets the nod to start, at least until Jordan Hall comes back from foot surgery.

FACTS & FIGURES

The RedHawks have been in big venues before; they played at Missouri and Minnesota last year and at Florida (coached by Meyer) in 2010. … Ohio State has won its last 33 home openers, dating to a 17-0 loss in 1979 to Penn State. … Treadwell was an assistant to deposed Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel at Youngstown State from 1986 to 1991. … A new high-def scoreboard, the centerpiece of a $7 million electronics update, will herald the 90th year for football at Ohio Stadium. … The Buckeyes haven’t had consecutive losing seasons since 1922-24, a Division I-best streak of 86 seasons. … Dysert has passed for 8,530 yards in his three years at Miami and has a chance to pass Ben Roethlisberger as the school’s all-time leader. … Meyer is 10-0 in season openers as a head coach.

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