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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-1) Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 12 PM EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
NCAA Football Spread: -14
NCAA Betting Total: 58.5
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The last time these two programs met on the field, Nebraska walked away with a dominant 60-14 victory. But if you’re a Northern Illinois fan, don’t let that bog you down ahead of this year’s battle.
After all, that 46-point trouncing of your Huskies was way back in 1990.
As far as more recent events are concerned, the Huskies are coming off a big 28-point victory over Eastern Illinois, 38-10. Nebraska wasn’t as fortunate, as it dropped its first road contest, 42-35, to the Oregon Ducks.
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Last week was a strong bounce-back performance for the Huskies. Week 1 saw them drop a close contest to Boston College, but their defense showed up in a big way to get an even bigger win in Week 2.
As far as that Week 2 performance goes, the Huskies gave up just 178 yards of total offense to Eastern Illinois. More importantly, they allowed the other guys to collect just 60 yards on the ground.
That’s crucial—and it’s going to need to translate to Week 3—because Nebraska’s ground game is dangerous.
It’s not necessarily “big play” dangerous—although it certainly can be with the right hole created by the O-line—but it’s very dangerous in the sense that it can eat away a clock and wear down a defensive line.
This will be a big test for the already impressive defense.
The Huskers laid an egg in the first half of their Week 2 contest against Oregon. They gave up 300-plus yards through the air alone, as well as three passing touchdowns and 42 total points.
To make matters worse, they couldn’t do much to create flow offensively, compiling just 14 points to Oregon’s 40-plus in the first two quarters.
The good news here is that they found a way to contain the Oregon offense when the Ducks went into clock-chewing mode themselves.
They ultimately came crawling back into the game, and while they did lose 42-35 when it was all said and done, that second-half performance proved that they can create offense when it’s most needed and their defense can lock in and expose a conservative game plan.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- NIU are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten.
- NIU are 23-7-2 ATS in their last 32 road games.
- Under is 7-1 in NEB last 8 games as a favorite.
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At this point in the season, it’s not unrealistic to think the Huskers could put together a solid performance and cover the 14-point spread. But it’s also a dangerous pick.
Their second-half showing is a bit of an anomaly in comparison to what we’ve seen the other six quarters of the season, and their defense specifically has been the culprit during that stretch.
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All that said, we’re not going to shy away from giving Nebraska a home win straight up. If the defense truly takes its game to another level, we’ll admit we were wrong against the spread.
But until that happens, look for this game to be decided by 10 points or fewer.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Northern Illinois 33 – Nebraska 43
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