Illinois vs. Nebraska fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 10
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
Illinois (4-5) vs. Nebraska (2-7) Game Preview
One Reason Why Illinois Will Win
Check out Illinois showing up and putting together a big game when it really, really needed it.
With the season slipping into the abyss, and after losing five of six games, the Illini came out against Minnesota and ripped it up with 430 rushing yards and five scores. It was breathtaking, coming up with big dash after big dash.
But the Illini running game has been good all season, only going under the 200-yard mark against Purdue. When it works, and when it hits 250 rushing yards or more, they’re 3-0 this season.
The Nebraska defense as a whole has been having issues, but the teams that commit to the ground game have the most success. Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State were all able to crank up big days on the ground.
Illinois isn’t remotely close to being as good as one of those teams, but if the Huskers can’t get the linebackers in the right spots on every single play … boom.
Illinois has shown the ability to strike fast. The offense should be able to keep up, but …
One Reason Why Nebraska Will Win
The Illinois secondary is a rumor.
Yeah, it was a whole lot of fun to dominate Minnesota, but the Gophers – despite a little bit of recent success – doesn’t have a dangerous air attack.
Nebraska is rolling with Adrian Martinez getting better and better.
He’s thrown for 250 yards or more in each of the last five games against FBS teams with nine touchdown passes and just three picks during the run.
As long as Martinez gets a little bit of time, the amazing Husker receiving corps will go off against an Illinois pass defense that’s the least-efficient in the Big Ten and gets hit for 284 yards per game.
There’s not enough of a pass rush to bother Martinez – the Illini just don’t get behind the line.
What’s Going To Happen
Get ready for a whole lot of fun.
Neither defense will do a whole lot as the two offenses will race up and down the field with a whole slew of big plays. The Nebraska D is bad, the Illinois version is worse.
Martinez will throw well, but the Nebraska running game will do its part, too. It might be a team-that-gets-ball-last type of game.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Nebraska 48, Illinois 40
Line: Nebraska -17, o/u: 68
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 3
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