Illinois vs Nebraska Prediction NCAAF Picks 10/6
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- Oct 5, 2023, 8:20:05 PM
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Nebraska vs. Illinois: College Football Preview
Prepare for Friday night's showdown at Memorial Stadium as the Nebraska Cornhuskers face off against the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Illini come into this game as 3.5-point favorites, with a game total of 43 points.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-3 SU and 2-3 ATS) faced a tough 45-7 defeat against Michigan last week, dropping their Big Ten record to 0-2 this season. The Huskers are still searching for their first win over a Power-Five conference team.
Nebraska's performance against Michigan was far from ideal, allowing 436 total yards of offense to the Wolverines. Their usually strong rushing offense was held to a season-low 106 yards on the ground. The Huskers are averaging 18.8 points per game and 348.4 total yards, with dual-threat QB Heinrich Haarberg taking the helm.
Last Game: Loss
Nebraska suffered a humbling 45-7 defeat to Michigan in their last game, struggling to find their offensive rhythm.
Nebraska: LB Luke Reimer (2.5 sacks) and DB DeShon Singleton (one PBU) are out. QB Jeff Sims (220 passing yards, one TD, and four INTs) and DL Cameron Lenhardt (two sacks) are questionable.
Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illinois Fighting Illini (2-3 SU and 0-5 ATS) faced a tough 44-19 loss to Purdue last week, also sitting at 0-2 in Big Ten play. Like Nebraska, they are seeking their first win against a Power-Five conference team.
In their game against Purdue, Illinois struggled in the third quarter, allowing 21 points, which ultimately led to their loss. The Illini score an average of 21.6 points per game and have an offense that averages 390.8 total yards. However, they have failed to cover the spread in all five games this season.
Last Game: Loss
Illinois couldn't regain momentum in their last game against Purdue, ultimately falling 44-19 and failing to cover the spread.
Illinois: RB Reggie Love III (44 carries for 248 rushing yards and one score) is questionable.
In this matchup, Illinois enters as 3.5-point favorites, and our prediction is that they will win and cover the -3.5 points spread.
Nebraska has struggled in crucial moments this season, suffering significant losses to strong opponents. Meanwhile, Illinois has the opportunity to capitalize on Nebraska's vulnerabilities and secure a victory. Expect Illinois to control the game and cover the spread.
Friday night's clash between Nebraska and Illinois promises to be an intriguing Big Ten showdown. While both teams are seeking their first conference win, Illinois appears better positioned to come out on top and cover the -3.5 points spread. Keep an eye on the Fighting Illini to control the game and secure the victory.