Northern Illinois (@6.5) vs Nebraska (@1.11)

Our Prediction:

Nebraska will win

Northern Illinois – Nebraska Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 20:00

Ill stick with that score and add that I think the running will improve with Wilbon & Ozigbo but the pass blocking will drop off. Andy: I gave a few details here on my pick for this game. Since the O-line protection is nothing to write home about, Lee will take a few early lumps, and the game will be tight early, but blah, blah, you know the drill, were pissed early but pull away late.

Andy: There might not be as much cutting and beer bottle fighting among fans as one might expect when Kentucky & South Carolina types get to pissing about college football. This will calm the visitors and Lamar will unload again and steal one in a shootout. When Climpson folk show up tossing rocks and vomiting, the local & violent constabulary will drag them into alleys and basement cells and club them bloody till everyone gets the message. But Louisville folks strike me as more genteel type who use that lilting southern accent while holding their horses in higher regard than the minority house and stable staff.

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Hes not alone in a promising group with juniors Mike Epstein and RaVon Bonner to veteran options for the rotation. The running game that had its good moments gets back leading man Reggie Corbinafter his 1,085-yard, nine-touchdown season.

He and offensive coordinator Eric Eidsness have to try improving one of the nations worst offenses the Huskies won the MAC title despite going for just 322 yards and 20 points per game. New headcoach Thomas Hammock was a NIU star running back,knows the program, and knows how to get a running game moving. On the year, NIU failed to his 30 points 11 times, but now it has to hold up its end of the bargain with seven starters back.

NCAA Football Free Betting Pick & Preview: N. Illinois vs Nebraska

Northern Illinois isnt an offensive juggernaut by any means, but theres no reason to expect the Cornhuskers defense to keep them out of the end zone. That really makes it tough to cover a big spread like this, as they are likely to allow points late even if they get up big early. I know playing the Ducks skews the numbers some, but its hard to ignore that Nebraskas defense ranks 123rd in the country, giving up 531.5 ypg.

It ripped Minnesota for 55 points and scored 31 points or more six times in the first ten games, and then came the power outage to close things out over the final two. It wasnt consistent, and it stalled way too often,but when the Illinois offense found a groove, it showed off something special.

Give me theNorthern Illinois Huskies and the free points. The Northern Illinois Huskies have split their last 10 games ATS when a double-digit underdog.The Nebraska Cornhuskers have failed to cover eight of their last 10 games as a double-digit favorite.Northern Illinois is far from a pushover, as it's constantly been one of the better teams in the MAC, and the Huskies took Utah down to the wire last year and beat Nebraska on the road in 2017 as 10.5-point underdogs.The Nebraska Cornhuskers haven't looked great through two games and it's fair if you want to start holding Scott Frost's feet to the fire.

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Oh, and they only have five home games. NIU has a tough non-conference schedule that features match-ups against Iowa, Utah, Florida State, and BYU and dont get any favors in conference play, drawing the two favorites in the MAC title contention race in Ohio and Toledo. Oh, and they lost star linebacker Jawuan Johnson, as he transferred to TCU. When they say The Hard Way, the Huskies mean it.

While the argument could be made that Tanner Lee couldnt have avoided two of the interceptions against him, the amount of other mistakes still offers a valid reason to be concerned for this Nebraska football team. The defense was awful in the first half, and the offense had issues in the second half. The Huskers had major issues against Oregon. Theres no denying that.

I dont know, but this D could use an asskicking. Oregon, would tend to think that we wont get it now. Lets just hope that its not a big one. If we didnt get nickel/dime vs. However, Luke Gifford & company have proven to be up to the challenge. Defensively, it sees that with Williams & Reed at Safety, maybe the Secondary was better?