Nebraska vs Northern Illinois
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will take on the Northern Illinois Huskies at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday at Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium. The Nebraska hype train has slowed a bit early in the season as the Cornhuskers struggled to a 35-21 win over South Alabama in their opener. And then fell to Colorado 34-31 in Week 2, knocking them out of the Top 25. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, knocked off FCS-level Illinois State 24-10 in its opener and then fell to No. 13 Utah last week, but was able to get the cover in that game.
The Cornhuskers are favored by 14 points in the latest Nebraska vs. Northern Illinois odds, while the over-under is set at 54.5. Before you make any Nebraska vs. Northern Illinois picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
Date/Time: September 14, 2019 8pm
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE, Capacity 90,000
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Now, it has simulated Nebraska vs. NIU 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning under. And it also generates a point-spread pick that is hitting in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
Despite big games from Adrian Martinez and Maurice Washington, the Cornhuskers blew a big lead and fell in overtime against Colorado in Week 2. Martinez threw for 290 yards and two scores and helped Nebraska build a 17-0 lead. But its defense faltered late, allowing the Buffaloes to storm back and steal the win. Nebraska will look to use this game to regroup before heading into Big Ten play.
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Northern Illinois, meanwhile, played tough against a ranked Utah squad last week. Utah held just a 4-point lead at the half before pulling away with two second-half touchdowns. Quarterback Ross Bowers has completed 64.5 percent of his passes this year for NIU, and he’s spread the ball around. The Huskies have nine players with at least two receptions with Tyrice Richie (8/144/2) leading the way.
Last week the Huskers had a soul crushing loss to Colorado in overtime. Then came a third quarter with very little offensive production. Followed by a fourth quarter with a defense who could no longer keep up.
Even though it was a loss, Nebraska accounted for 469 yards of total offense. That’s 155 more yards than in the opening game vs. South Alabama. The offense was able to get into a rhythym in the first half and showed fans that they could move the ball and move it well. The defense kept NFL prospect, Laviska Shenault Jr. under wraps unlike last year.
While it may still sting a bit, it’s time to move forward and look ahead to this week’s match up against Northern Illinois. Speaking of losses that sting, the 17-21 loss to Northern Illinois at home in 2017 still hurts. It was a sure sign of the end of the Mike Riley Era.
The Huskies (1-1) are heading to Lincoln coming off a loss as well. Last week, they lost to #13 Utah in Salt Lake City 17-35. Their quarterback, Ross Bowers has passed for 528 yards so far this season. His leading receiver is Tyrice Richie and the leading rusher is Tre Harbison. As a team they have accounted for one sack and one interception in their first two games.
Saturday is going to be a great match up.