Free NCAA Football Prediction: Wildcats vs. Cornhuskers Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 5
(2-2) Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-3)
Date: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Wildcats +11.5, Cornhuskers -11.5
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Wildcats +370, Cornhuskers -520
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 52
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will return home and host the Northwestern Wildcats this Saturday. The Cornhuskers enter on the heels of two close road losses to ranked Oklahoma and Michigan State, while Northwestern is coming off of a blowout win over Ohio.
HISTORY: These two schools have met in every season since the Huskers joined in the Big Ten. Nebraska leads the all-time series 8-6, but Northwestern won last years meeting in Evanston, 21-13.
The Northwestern Wildcats have traded their first four games of the season. After losing on the road to Duke, Northwestern returned home and picked up a big win over Ohio 35-6, successfully covering their first spread of the season.
Coach Pat Fitzgerald elected against playing senior Hunter Johnson in the second half against Duke and senior Andrew Marty yielded positive results. Marty went 11-16 for 151 passing yards, with two touchdowns and a 25-yard touchdown run.
Evan Hull is coming off of the best game of his career. After running for a career-high 126 yards Indiana State, the sophomore back outdid himself last weekend against Ohio with 216 yards on 22 carries, including a 90-yard touchdown run. He’s the key to Northwestern’s offense.
Through two weeks, KU transfer Stephon Robinson Jr. leads the team 15 receptions for 193 yards. Sophomore Bryce Kirtz has caught an identical 16 passes for 193 yards, while senior tight end Trey Pugh also caught a pair of touchdowns versus Michigan State.
Northwestern has struggled on the ground defensively. After giving up a whopping 326 rushing yards to Michigan State in the opener, they gave up 208 yards on the ground to Duke.
Nebraska suffered their third one-score loss of the young season when they fell to the Michigan State Spartans in overtime last weekend. The Cornhuskers threw an interception on their opening possession, and the Spartans would kick a 21-yard field goal for the 23-20 win.
Adrian Martinez’ had another strong weekend in East Lansing, but he was sacked seven times and threw a costly interception in overtime. The junior quarterback went 24-34 for 248 passing yards and the one turnover, he also added 59 yards and two scores on the ground.
Martinez leads the Cornhuskers in rushing with 349 rushing yards and six touchdowns, while Markese Stepp and Rahmir Johnson handle the backfield work. Johnson is coming off of his best game of the season, gaining 76 yards on 19 carries, while Stepp has 128 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns.
Samori Toure has come in and given Martinez a reliable target early. The Montana transfer leads the team with 20 catches for 373 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Austin Allen is second in both catches (17) and yards (163).
Nebraska has shored up their defense since giving up 30 points to Illinois in the opener. They only gave up 23 points to Michigan State, after dominating Buffalo and Fordham, and putting a scare on Oklahoma.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Pick
Fall Big Ten actions always returns good, physical football, and this West division battle should be no different. Although we like Nebraska bouncing back this week after two disappointing losses, the margin is a bit high.
4* Free Week 5 NCAA Betting Pick: Northwestern +11.5
These matchups have been historically close, with only one of the last eight meetings decided by double figures. Northwestern may have had quarterback problems earlier this season, but Evan Hull represents a very dynamic presence. Nebraska is due a victory, and they should get back in the win column this weekend.
Take Northwestern’s game spread this weekend, as it should be another close battle between these two schools. Also take the under with both teams struggling a bit offensively
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