COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- It is a beautiful November morning at the Horseshoe here as Nebraska and No. 8 Ohio State get set for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff.
The Buckeyes, of course, suffered their first loss of the season two weeks ago at Purdue, though the 49-20 final count belies what was for the most part a much closer game. They're unbeaten coming off a bye week under Urban Meyer's direction and will try to continue that trend today.
The Huskers have won their first two games of the season the past two weeks against Minnesota and FCS Bethune-Cookman.
Husker coach Scott Frost said this week that he'd never been to Ohio Stadium before. Last time NU was here, a 62-3 shellacking unfolded.
A couple of pregame notes:
* From the travel roster: As it turns out, Breon Dixon is here afterall. He was not listed on Nebraska's travel roster, but the sophomore outside linebacker is indeed on the trip.
He warmed up with the outside linebackers group, as did sophomore JoJo Domann. It's unclear who DIxon replaced on the travel roster, though the Journal Star did not see fellow outside linebacker Guy Thomas on the field before the game.
This is the first time Dixon has traveled with the Huskers this year and he has yet to appear in a game. He could theoretically play in each of NU's final four contests and still redshirt this fall. Keep an eye on his role today.
Defensive linemen Damian Jackson and Chris Walker are on the trip, as is sophomore defensive lineman Deontre Thomas. Thomas has played in four games and has a broken hand, so the staff is trying to keep him from action the rest of the season in order to preserve his redshirt.
Other changes from the last time NU was on the road: Freshman running back Miles Jones and defensive lineman Fyn Anderson are not on the trip, nor is sophomore safety Marquel Dismuke. Freshman offensive lineman Will Farniok is on the travel roster for the second time this season.
* A Nebraska official before the game announced that Ohio State's band will close its halftime performance with a tribute to Tyler Butterfield, the Nebraska band member who was killed last week in a car accident.
* Freshman running back Maurice Washington is always juiced, but he might be particularly so this weekend. The NU freshman running back visited Ohio State and considered the Buckeyes before choosing the Huskers. He was recruited to OSU as a defensive back before Kerry Coombs left the school to coach for the Tennessee Titans. Washington was jumping around and dancing from the moment the team bus arrived about 10 a.m. local time. No surprises there.