It's a series of firsts for Nebraska this week as the Cornhuskers kickoff for the first time in the daylight since early September, and play a team they haven't crossed paths with in more than a generation.

That's the backdrop as Nebraska hosts Big Ten new kids on the block Rutgers Saturday morning in Lincoln, as the Huskers begin play a half game behind Minnesota for the top spot in the West Division.

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 18: Ameer Abdullah #8 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers breaks a 50 yard run against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 18, 2014 in Evanston, Illinois. Nebraska defeated Northwestern 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After a series of close games against Northwestern, the Huskers blew open the game in Evanston last weekend, pitching a shutout in the second half, scoring the final 24 points of the game to beat the Wildcats 38-17.

I asked the 'Voice of the Huskers' Greg Sharpe about the final 30 minutes of that game:

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 18: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is wrapped up by Kevin Snyder #45 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first quarter on October 18, 2014 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

This week, the Cornhuskers do something they haven't done in more than 90 years - play Rutgers in football.

Despite an unfamiliar opponent, Nebraska will also be dealing with a bit of a new schedule this week, kicking off in the morning after a series of games under the lights.

I asked Greg about the different start time:

The Scarlet Knights are one of the new additions to the Big Ten this season and Greg and I discussed how difficult the schedule makers have made it for Rutgers so far in 2014:

Kickoff is 11:00am CDT Saturday in Lincoln.  Nebraska hosts Purdue next Saturday.

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