Oct 5, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) steps out of bounds and avoids being hit by Michigan Wolverines linebacker Cameron Gordon (4) in the second half at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Gophers Football: Home game against Nebraska will air on ESPN


Oct 12, 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Nebraska Cornhusker fans celebrate during a game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Nebraska defeats Purdue 44-7. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten announced on Sunday that next week’s matchup between the Gophers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers will air on ESPN. This will be the second consecutive week that a Minnesota game has aired on ESPN’s networks — the Gophers’ victory over Northwestern on Sunday aired on ESPN2.

The Cornhuskers will come into Minneapolis ranked No. 25 and sporting a 5 -1 overall record including 2-0 in the conference. Meanwhile, the Gophers are 1-2 in the conference and can achieve bowl eligibility with a win.

Beyond the matchup featuring a Top 25 team, national intrigue for the game will also be on Jerry Kill, who is still on an indefinite leave from the Gophers. Kill was at Ryan Field on Saturday in the coaches box, but there’s still no indication when he will be back on the sidelines.

Considering the number of times the cameras panned to Kill in the press box during the Northwestern matchup, ESPN is quite obviously shooting for a big ratings boost with his return, if he does come back next weekend.

Because the game will air on ESPN, that means it’ll also live stream on the WatchESPN app. Kick off is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on Oct. 26. Gophers tickets are still available (and they are much cheaper than Husker tickets) so make sure to grab some for Saturday’s game!

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