Northern Illinois vs. Nebraska College Football Week 3 Best Bets
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
In the beginning, the arrival of Scott Frost as head coach of Nebraska was seen as the Second Coming. Frost was a national championship quarterback in 1997 for the Huskers. Indeed, he was seen as the white knight riding in on his horse to save the day for Nebraska. So far Frost’s program has been more sizzle than steak. Nebraska was a trendy betting on college football preseason pick to win the Big Ten. Quarterback Adrian Martinez was touted as a Heisman Trophy candidate. However last week’s loss at Colorado was a stark reality check for the Big Red.
Northern Illinois Vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Northern Illinois Huskies
Now Northern Illinois is 1-1 straight up, 2-0 against the spread and 1-1 on totals. Last week the Huskies played their first 1-A opponent and lost at Utah 35-17. NIU did get the money as 23-point dogs at the Utes. Of great concern is a Northern Illinois offense that is ranked 96th overall and 101st for scoring. Quarterback Ross Bowers has thrown three touchdowns, two interceptions, and has been sacked six times. On the whole, the Huskies are usually in the Mid-American Conference hunt. NIU’s 21-17 win at Nebraska in 2017 led to the firing of Husker coach Mike Riley.
Players to Watch: QB Ross Bowers (65% COMP, 528 YDS, 8.5 AVG, 3 TD, 2 INT, 145.6 RTG), RB Tre Harbison (29 RSH, 131 YDS, 4.5 YPC, 0 TD), RB Jordan Nettles (12 RSH, 39 YDS, 3.3 YPC, 0 TD), WR Tyrice Richie (8 REC, 144 YDS, 18.0 YPC, 2 TD), TE Daniel Crawford (6 REC, 124 YDS, 20.7 YPC, 0 TD), WR Spencer Tears (6 REC, 109 YDS, 18.2 YPC, 1 TD), TE Mitchell Brinkman (7 REC, 67 YDS, 9.6 YPC, 0 TD)
Following their 34-31 loss at Colorado has come to a lot of soul searching for Nebraska. The Huskers led the Buffs 17-0 late in the third quarter with most of the crowd rocking Nebraska red. But from there they imploded in a catastrophic loss. Overall the Huskers are now 1-1 straight up, 0-2 vs. the odds, and 1-1 on totals. Of great concern is a Black Shirt Defense that ranks 86th in the country for points allowed. And the Martinez powered offense is a pedestrian 88th in the land. Furthermore, the sophomore quarterback has much to clean up.
Players to Watch: AB Adrian Martinez (60% COMP, 468 YDS, 9.8 AVG, 2 TD, 2 INT, 147.7 RTG, 32 RSH, 72 YDS, 2.3 YPC, 2 TD), RB Maurice Washington (21 RSH, 116 YDS, 5.5 YPC, 0 TD, 5 REC, 131 YDS, 26.2 YPC, 1 TD), TE Jack Stoll (5 REC, 70 YDS, 14.0 YPC, 0 TD), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (6 REC, 68 YDS, 11.3 YPC, 0 TD)
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Numbers
Northern Illinois Huskies
9-4-1 ATS when getting points away from home
5-9 ATS as a home favorite
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Picks
As was previously noted Nebraska has been a poor sportsbook value as home chalk. By contrast, Northern Illinois has shown the ability to get the money as a road pup. And at Nebraska.
Score Prediction: Northern Illinois Huskies 24, Nebraska Cornhuskers 27