- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nebraska (2-0) at Fresno State (0-2), Saturday, 9:30 p.m. CT (CBS Sports Network)

Line: Nebraska by 10 ½.

Series Record: Nebraska leads 1-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Nebraska is in bounce-back mode after a too-close-for-comfort, last-minute win over FCS McNeese State. The Cornhuskers’ offense went all but dormant in the second half and is looking to get well against what so far has been a woeful Fresno State defense. The defending Mountain West champion Bulldogs are looking to get off to a better start after falling behind 24-0 and 17-0 in their first two games.

KEY MATCHUP

Fresno State rushing defense vs. Nebraska run game: The Bulldogs have faced two passing offenses so far but still gave up an average of 268 yards on the ground to Southern California and Utah. Now they’ll go against the most physical offensive line and best running backs they’ll see this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Fresno State: QB Brandon Connette hasn’t been named the starter, but he’s the kind who can cause problems for the Huskers. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound transfer from Duke is a strong runner who’s willing to sacrifice his body.

Nebraska: RB Ameer Abdullah, the hero against McNeese State, had 17 runs, three receptions and a kick return against McNeese State. Coach Bo Pelini made it clear that his star needs to get more touches. Look for No. 8 to have his number called early and often.

FACTS & FIGURES

Nebraska has won each of its last 10 games decided by seven points or less. … The Huskers are 3-3 in road openers under Pelini. … Fresno State is 13-0 at home the past two years, the second-longest streak of its kind in the FBS. Northern Illinois has won 27 in a row at home. … Nebraska fans love to travel, and it’s helping Fresno State’s bottom line. Ticket sales have generated more than $1.5 million in gross revenue, the most ever for any game at Bulldog Stadium. … Nebraska won the only previous meeting between the teams, 42-29, with Abdullah returning a kickoff 100 yards.

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