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Saturday, a big battle will brew at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska when the Illinois Fighting Illini visits the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Illinois enters this game with a record of 3-1 SU and 1-3 ATS. Nebraska is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS.

Illinois has rallied late in games to win, but Nebraska is not the same quality of opponent as Youngstown State, Texas State or Western Kentucky.

Nebraska has rolled over its first four opponents but cannot overlook Illinois to next week’s matchup with Michigan State or they could be upset.

Illinois’ offense has been via the pass all season. Wes Lunt the starting quarterback has 1,237 yards passing. Josh Ferguson has 316 rushing yards, but 190 were just last week against lowly Texas State.

Nebraska defeated Miami 41-31 last week and has defeated Florida Atlantic 55-7, McNeese State 31-24 and Fresno State 55-19.

Nebraska has a strong passing game yet the No. 2 rusher in the nation in Ameer Abdullah who has gained 624 yards on the ground. Illinois is allowing 172 yards on the ground per game so look for the Cornhuskers to run first to open up the pass.

Last year Nebraska defeated Illinois 39-19 behind 335 yards on the ground

Keys to Illinois Win

Shut the Nebraska rushing and passing game down. Use the rushing game to run the clock down. Do not make any turnovers.

Keys to Nebraska Win

Continue to run first pass second. No turnovers on offense and force multiple turnovers on defense.

Injuries

Illinois – Cedric Doxy, Dionte Taylor, Geronimo Allison, Paul James, Scott McDowell, Teko Powell, Jake Angona, Sean White, Mike Svetina

Nebraska – Brandon Reilly, Sam Burtch, Mauro Bondi, Jamal Turner, Corey Whitaker, Michael Rose-Ivey, Adam Taylor Ankle, Charles Jackson, LeRoy Alexander

Favorite

Nebraska -21.5

Conclusion

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will prove to Illinois just how good their rushing game is with a multiple touchdown victory.

 

About David Campbell

David makes his home in Guatemala and follows the worlds greatest games from there. David contributes on all leagues across the world and had over 25 years experience. He has covered 10 World Cups and will do so again this year in Brazil.

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