Previewing the Big Ten night games

September, 8, 2012
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Is the night time the right time for the Big Ten? The league has three night games (at least for those of us east of the Rockies) on tap, and all three look like they could go either way. Here's a quick preview (all times ET):

No. 17 Nebraska (1-0) at UCLA (1-0), 7:30 p.m., Fox: Huskers fans understandably don't have the same emotional connection to the Rose Bowl as other Big Ten teams, but they would certainly enjoy two trips to Pasadena this season. First things first, however. UCLA looked pretty darn good in its opener against Rice and would love to spring a big upset to get the Jim Mora era off with a bang. Nebraska star Rex Burkhead is unlikely to play, but if Taylor Martinez matches last week performance, it won't matter.

Vanderbilt (0-1) at Northwestern (1-0), 8 p.m., BTN: So the Big Ten can't hang with the SEC, eh? Maybe Vanderbilt is what the league needs. It won't be easy for Northwestern against a Commodores team that took South Carolina to the wire last week. Of course, nothing is easy for the Wildcats, who put their fans through hell on a weekly basis. Kain Colter and his receivers need to put pressure on Vandy's pass defense, which didn't get a lot of work versus South Carolina in the opener.

Illinois (1-0) at Arizona State (1-0), 10:30 p.m., ESPN: Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase's status is still questionable after his ankle injury in the opener; Scheelhaase reportedly practiced this week but is likely not close to 100 percent. Illinois may have to rely on its stout defense here to keep it close.

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