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Kirk Herbstreit On What He Expects From Nebraska-Ohio State

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit will be in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday night, as Nebraska hosts Ohio State in primetime on ABC.

College GameDay will also be in town for the game, broadcasting live from Nebraska's campus ahead of the game on Saturday morning.

Herbstreit previewed this weekend's matchup on his podcast this week.

“(Nebraska) maybe have not executed to the level that you expect them to execute yet, but a night game, College GameDay is going to Lincoln, ABC primetime coming to Lincoln,” Herbstreit said. “They haven’t had things like this in a while. Scott Frost is bringing a new excitement back, a new energy back to the way it used to be almost every year in Lincoln. I think, just based on that, there’s anticipation and excitement. I expect them to play at a very, very different level. Will it be good enough? We’ll see. I think they’ll go out and pay at a different level.”

Ohio State comes into the game as a big favorite. The Buckeyes are listed as a 17-point favorite at the moment.

Herbstreit said Nebraska can't get distracted by all of the attention that comes with this game.

“Anytime there is a spotlight on your campus, your university, your town, I think it’s a good thing. If you let it be a distraction it can be,” Frost said. “They will probably mic me up at practice or something, but I don’t raise my voice much anyway so I don’t know how much good footage they are going to get. I don’t want it to distract the players. It’s not going to distract us. We've got a really good team coming in here and we need to be at our best to have a chance to beat them.”

Nebraska and Ohio State are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.

The game will be on ABC.