Northwestern at Nebraska: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-3) vs Northwestern Wildcats (2-2)
Game Info: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium)
Betting Odds: Nebraska Cornhuskers -12-- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Northwestern Wildcats and Nebraska Cornhuskers face off on Saturday in a Big Ten college football showdown at Memorial Stadium. When these two teams faced off in 2020, Northwestern won 21-13.
The Northwestern Wildcats sit with a 2-2 record but their wins have come against a MAC team and a non-FBS team. In that last game against Ohio it was the defense that was the difference giving up only six points Running back Evan Hull also had a huge game rushing 22 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Northwestern is a run first team averaging 214 yards per game on the ground. The starting quarterback in the last game was Ryan Hilinski but he only threw for 88 yards. Hull is the best player for Northwestern and he has rushed for 478 yards and four touchdowns.
On the other side of this matchup is the Nebraska Cornhuskers who sit with a 2-3 record overall but they have to feel like they could be 4-1 or 5-0. Two games ago against Oklahoma, Nebraska lost 23-16 and in the last game they lost by three points to Michigan State. Nebraska is averaging 27.6 points while their defense is giving up 17.2 points per game. Under center for Nebraska is Adrian Martinez who has thrown for 1,261 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. Martinez is also the leading rusher putting up 362 yards and six touchdowns. In this game, Nebraska needs to get good play out of Martinez, and to limit the turnovers to get the job done.
Northwestern is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games against a team with a losing record. Nebraska is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games in October. The favorite is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings. The road team is 6-1-1 against the spread in the last eight meetings. Northwestern is 5-0 against the spread in their last five meetings in Nebraska.
Nebraska is probably the better team, but they have done a good job of making games ugly at the end, and I don’t think they are going to win this game in blowout fashion. Nebraska should win this game, but Northwestern will cover this spread.