The basics

Weather: Mostly clear with temperatures in the 90s

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MDT

Memorial Stadium (92,000)

FieldTurf

TV: ABC

Radio: KSL 1160 AM, 102.7 FM


The stakes

For Nebraska … The Cornhuskers are looking to get off to a good start to kick off the Mike Riley era.

For BYU … The Cougars are seeking a road victory over a Big Ten opponent and one of the most storied programs in the country. It's the first meeting between the two teams.


The trends

For Nebraska … The Cornhuskers have won 29 consecutive season-openers dating back to 1986.

For BYU … The Cougars have won seven of their past eight season-openers.


Keys to the game

Nebraska will win if … the Huskers can keep BYU’s Taysom Hill off the field by sustaining long scoring drives.

BYU will win if … the Cougar offense can stay away from turnovers and penalties and the defense can avoid giving up big plays.


Opponent to watch

TOMMY ARMSTRONG, quarterback: The experienced junior is 16-5 as a starter. A talented runner, Armstrong is looking to improve on his 53 percent completion percentage last year.


Key matchup

BYU’S WIDE RECEIVERS VS. NEBRASKA’S SECONDARY: Can the Cougars’ array of receivers, including Mitch Mathews and Nick Kurtz, help Hill out by making plays through the air?


Injury report

Nebraska: WR and punt return specialist De’Mornay Pierson-El is out with a foot injury that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks. WR Lavan Alston suffered a season-ending knee injury. TE Trey Foster is questionable with an ankle injury.

BYU: TE Steven Richards suffered a season-ending knee injury and LB Colby Jorgensen sustained a season-ending neck injury in fall camp.


Next up

Next Saturday, BYU hosts Boise State in its home-opener while Nebraska entertains South Alabama.

BYU schedule

Sept. 5 — at Nebraska, 1:30 p.m. (ABC)

Sept. 12 — BOISE STATE, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Sept. 19 — at UCLA, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

Sept. 26 — at Michigan, TBA

Oct. 2 — CONNECTICUT, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Oct. 10 — EAST CAROLINA, TBA

Oct. 16 — CINCINNATI, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 24 — WAGNER, 1 p.m. (BYUtv)

Nov. 6 — at San Jose State, 9:30 p.m. (CBSS)

Nov. 14 — vs. Missouri, TBA

Nov. 21 — FRESNO STATE, TBA

Nov. 28 — at Utah State, 1:30 p.m. (CBSS)

All times Mountain