Best Lodging: The Embassy Suites, just south of campus. Doubles start at $169.
Best Music: Zoo Bar offers the best blues in Lincoln.
Best Weekends: Oct. 18 vs. Texas A&M; Nov. 15 vs. Kansas State
Distance From: College Station, Texas: 807 miles; Manhattan, Kans.: 135; Boulder, Colo.: 503
5 Things Every Visitor Needs to Know
1. Eat like a local. Try a Runza (no, this beef-and-cabbage sandwich, which will cost you $3 at the stadium, won't give you the run-zas) and a Fairbury hot dog ($2), famed as the reddest wiener in the world.
2. Tailgate at the loop. Nebraska is a dry campus (wink, wink), but the adult beverages flow freely here (just east of the stadium) before kickoff.
3. Get to the stadium early. It's the only way to check out the tunnel walk, the players' grand entrance onto the field -- to the accompaniment of the Alan Parsons Project's Sirius -- that some find as entertaining as the game.
4. Check out the weight room. Located beneath the West Stands, Nebraska's 30,000-square-foot weight facility (right) is one of the nation's biggest.
5. Tom Osborne is king. The only way you won't make friends in Nebraska is to disparage the former coach, now a U.S. representative, who won his most recent election with 93% of the vote.
The 48-Hour Guide to Lincoln
4 P.M., THE STATE CAPITOL. You'll get a terrific view of Nebraska's golden prairie from the top of the 400-foot capitol, which is known to locals as -- we're not kidding -- "The Penis of the Plains."
7:30 p.m., MISTY'S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE. Members of the Nebraska marching band have been belting out tunes -- ranging from fight songs to pop numbers -- on the eve of home games here since the 1960s. Order the king cut of prime rib. It's pricey ($19.95), but it's bigger than your head, and if there's one thing Nebraskans know, it's beef.
12:45 a.m., SANDY'S. Before the bars shut down at 1 a.m., stop in at this place on the strip (which runs along O Street from Centennial to Ninth streets). Order an Elk Creek, a diabolical concoction that mixes orange juice and several different alcohols. After imbibing you'll head straight to bed -- whether you want to or not.
10:05 a.m., LAZZARI'S. Hang with former players in town for the game and eat some of Lincoln's best pizza. Give the spicy chicken slice a try ($2.50).
1:30 p.m., NEBRASKA VS. PENN STATE. The Huskers will try to avenge last year's 40-7 drubbing.
6:37 p.m., BARRY'S BAR AND GRILL. The drink du jour at this postgame hot spot is red beer (tomato juice and beer, which will run you $3). Barry's also offers burgers and sandwiches (about $5), not to mention the opportunity to rehash the game with more than a thousand die-hard fans.
11:56 a.m., LAZLO'S BREWERY AND GRILL. Located in the historic Haymarket section of town, Lazlo's is the oldest and largest brewery in the state. On the way out of town, drop in for its renowned French dip ($8).