Free Week 5 Prediction: Cornhuskers vs Fighting Illini Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 5
(2-2) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans (2-1)
Date: Friday, September 29th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Nebraska -6
NCAA Betting Total: 47
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It’s week five of the college football season and most teams have reached the conference portion of their season schedule.
On Friday night there is a Big Ten showdown at Champaign. The struggling Nebraska Cornhuskers make the trip to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The Cornhuskers won the match up last year 31-16.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have had a pretty shocking start to their season, and that isn’t a good shocking. They come into this game with a 2-2 record, but neither of their two wins were impressive by any means, and the losses were bad.
One of those losses was against Northern Illinois who aren’t expected to have that good of season this year. Mike Riley’s chair is getting very hot, and after the firing of the Athletic Director, his seat might even be getting hotter.
A loss in this game might spell the end of the road for Riley, so it will be interesting to see how his team will be able to step up in this game.
It’s kind of odd how bad they have looked early on this season because if you throw out the Oregon game the defense has been playing really well.
Where this team needs to get better is making big plays down the stretch. It seems when the game is close and it’s nearing the end of the game they have issues making big plays.
This game is expected to be a close game so they are probably going to need to make a couple of big plays down the stretch to win this game.
Illinois Fighting Illini
On the other side of this match up is the Illinois Fighting Illini who come into this game with a 2-1 record, and the only loss was in their last game against USF by a final score of 47-23.
The first two games, and the two wins were at home and they unlike the Cornhuskers seemed to be able to make big plays down the stretch to pull out victories.
Quarterback Chayce Crouch is going to get the start in this game after getting pulled in the loss to UCF. So far on the season he has thrown for 328 yards and one touchdown.
He has thrown three interceptions and that is going to need to stay at three if they want to win this game.
To win this game the Fighting Illini need to make this a grind it out type of game. They lower scoring this game is the better the chance they will have to pull the upset, and get the first win in Big Ten Play.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 9-1 in NEB last 10 games as a favorite.
- Under is 10-2 in NEB last 12 conference games.
- NEB are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games.
- Under is 7-2 in ILL last 9 games in September.
- ILL are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games.
- Under is 14-5 in ILL last 19 home games.
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The Fighting Illini have played well this year at home and I think that will continue in this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Illinois Fighting Illini +6
I think that they will make it a real grind it out game, and that will keep the score low. I think Nebraska will kick a field goal late to win it, but the Illini will cover the spread.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Nebraska 17 – Illinois 14
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