Northern Illinois vs. Nebraska, 9-16-2017 - Prediction & Preview
Written by: Nikhil Kalro
Northern Illinois Huskies at Nebraska Cornhuskers
NCAAF: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska at 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -14
The Nebraska Cornhuskers host the Northern Illinois Huskies at the Memorial Stadium in week 3, on Saturday at mid-day. The Cornhuskers lost their previous game to the Oregon Ducks, while the Huskies tasted success for the first time this season.
Huskies get on the board with Panthers rout
The Northern Illinois Huskies quickly put behind them their season-opening loss with a 38-10 rout of the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Daniel Santacaterina managed 252 passing yards for three touchdowns.
The Huskies quickly put the game to bed as early as the second quarter, accumulating 24 points to take a 31-3 lead into halftime. The Panthers could only put up 60 rushing yards.
It was another strong defensive show from the Huskies, who limited the Panthers to 187 yards overall. They are now the 35th best defensive team with an average of 16.5 points conceded per game.
Cornhuskers finish second in another high-scorer
The Nebraska Cornhuskers came out on of a high-scoring thriller on top in game 1. Things changed quickly a week later, losing to the Oregon Ducks 42-35 in game 2.
“I consider it a privilege to coach football. I loved all my time at Oregon State coaching, but all these games are about the team, about the team I’m coaching and it’s really fun to be where I am,” Nebraska coach Mike Riley said. “I embrace these moments personally. It’s pretty neat for me.”
Although early in the season, it’s not a good sign for the Cornhuskers that they score as many as they concede. They average 39 points allowed and put up (36th offensively and 118th defensively)
Northern Illinois Huskies are:
- 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
Nebraska Cornhuskers are:
- 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September.
- 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games.
The Cornhuskers are too strong offensively for the Huskies. Nebraska have had their defensive issues, but the sample size isn’t large enough to accurately evaluate them. They should start their statistical improvement against the Huskies.
The Pick: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.
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