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Nebraska Cornhuskers Vs. Illinois Fighting Illini NCAAF Betting Picks

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Nebraska Cornhuskers Vs. Illinois Fighting Illini NCAAF betting odds and game preview

Following their loss at Colorado, Nebraska was justifiably panned as not being ready for prime time. The Huskers blew a 17-0 second-half lead in a heartbreaking overtime loss. All of which makes last week’s NCAA football betting payout over Northern Illinois all the more satisfying. Consider that Nebraska was a trendy pick to contend for the Big Ten championship. Illinois sparked some ill-advised hope with two wins in their first two games. But the Fighting Illini went back to reality with a soul-searing home loss to Eastern Michigan. Head coach Love Smith again faces questions over his leadership.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

When: Saturday, September 21, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Champaign Urbana, Illinois
TV: BTN
Stream: FOX Sports
Nebraska Cornhuskers Vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Nebraska -12½ (-110) 63½ (-110) -470
Illinois +12½ (-110) 63½ (-110) +375
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Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska is now 2-1 straight up, 1-2 with the odds, and 1-2 under the total. Last week was a 44-8 home payout over Norther Illinois as 14-point home chalks. Cornhusker backers were feeling much better after the more complete performance. At the beginning of the season was far too much hype about head coach Scott Frost and team. True, in just his second season Frost has improved the program. However, depth remains an issue that can prevent a championship run.

Players to Watch: QB Adrian Martinez (725 YDS, 60% COMP, 9.7 AVG, 4 TD, 2 INT, 153.5 RTG, 43 RSH, 116 YDS, 2.7 YPC, 3 TD), RB Dedrick Mills (34 RSH, 184 YDS, 5.4 YPC, 3 TD), RB Maurice Washington (25 RSH, 179 YDS, 7.2 YPC, 1 TD, 8 REC, 149 YDS, 18.6 YPC, 2 TD), WR JD Spielman (11 REC, 224 YDS, 20.4 YPC, 1 TD), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (9 REC, 166 YDS, 12.9 YPC, 0 TD), TE Jack Stoll (7 REC, 108 YDS, 15.4 YPC, 0 TD)

Illinois Fighting Illini

Certainly, Illinois 34-31 home loss to Eastern Michigan was a buzz kill for a program stuck in the ditch. The Illini are now 2-1 straight up, 1-2 vs. the odds with two under. Smith was considered to have a warm seat and in need of moving the needle in 2019. This was a clear setback.

Players to Watch: QB Brandon Peters (687 YDS, 63% COMP, 7.2 AVG, 9 TD, 2 INT, 90 SACK, 151 RTG), RB Reggie Corbin 24 180 YDS, 7.5 YPC, 2 TD), RB Dre Brown (21 RSH, 106 YDS, 5.0 YPC, 0 TD, 3 REC, 25 YDS, 8.3 YPC, 0 TD), RB Ra’Von Bonner (20 RSH, 73 YDS, 3.7 YPC, 2 TD), WR Josh Imatorbhebhe (10 REC, 167 YDS, 16.7 YPC, 3 TD), WR Ricky Smalling (16 REC, 159 YDS, 1 TD), TE Daniel Barker (7 REC, 136 YDS, 19.4 AVG, 2 TD), WR Trevon Sidney (10 REC, 73 YDS, 7.3 AVG, 1 TD)

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Numbers

Trends

Nebraska Cornhuskers

8-3 vs. the odds in their last 11 away games
7-1 over the total on the road
4-2 against the spread in their last 6 games with Illinois
2-4 under the total in their series with the Fighting Illini
7-2 on the board away from home against the Big Ten Conference
6-1 over the total on the road vs. Big Ten schools

Illinois Fighting Illini

4-8 with the odds in their last 12 games at Memorial Stadium
3-4 under the total when playing at home
3-12 against the spread at home against Big Ten Conference opponents
4-3 over the total at Memorial Stadium vs. Big Ten schools
At home against Nebraska 1-1 ATS with both games under the total

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Picks

As was previously noted Nebraska has been a solid mobile betting value on the road. And as was the case last week the Fighting Illini are not a reliable bet at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska finally proved they can play a total game last week.

Score Prediction: Nebraska Cornhuskers 41, Illinois Fighting Illini 17