FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo, second left, carries the ball against Rutgers during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. The Ohio State-Nebraska game matches two of the five programs with the most major-college football wins in history. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ohio State-Nebraska matches two of the five programs with the most major college football wins in history, but the teams are in very different places entering Saturday night’s game at Memorial Stadium.

The ninth-ranked Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) beat Nebraska by 59 points last year in Columbus and have dominated four straight opponents since their loss at home to Oklahoma. They’re bidding for a third appearance in the College Football Playoff in four years.

The Cornhuskers (3-3, 2-1) are just another team behind Wisconsin in the Big Ten West these days. They’ve lost to Northern Illinois, and Wisconsin beat them by three touchdowns. With a university administration and fan base desperate for a return to glory, third-year coach Mike Riley is under increasing pressure.

The stadium will be sold out for the 359th consecutive game since 1962, but with the Huskers 24-point underdogs, tickets were available for as little as $17 on the secondary market Thursday night.

“It’s very tradition rich, the fans are very prideful and it’s a great opportunity for us to go into a big-time atmosphere and be able to showcase our skills,” Buckeyes center Billy Price said.

Those skills have been showcased a lot recently. The …read more

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