Northwestern vs Nebraska Prediction - College Football Picks 10/21/23

Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-3) vs Northwestern Wildcats (3-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium)

Betting Odds: Nebraska Cornhuskers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 40.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northwestern Wildcats will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten game on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Northwestern has won two of their last three games, while Nebraska has won three of their last four games. 

Northwestern Preview

The Northwestern Wildcats are 3-3 (1-2) this season after they defeated Howard by a score of 23-20 in their last game. Northwestern led 16-0 at the half and they were able to barely escape with a win. The Wildcats were out gained by a total of 331-312 and went 7-13 on third downs in the win. Northwestern has alternated wins and losses this season and they are 0-2 on the road. The Northwestern Wildcats offense is scoring 22 points per game with 203.3 passing yards per game and 103 rushing yards per game, while going 45.6% on third downs. Ben Bryant (questionable) has thrown for 926 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions for the Wildcats this season. Cam Porter has rushed for 299 yards and one touchdown, while Bryce Kirtz has caught 24 passes for 327 yards and three scores. The Northwestern defense is allowing 27.3 points against per game this year.

Nebraska Preview

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 3-3 (1-2) this season after they defeated Illinois by a score of 20-7 in their last game. Nebraska led 17-0 in the second quarter and they didn’t allow any points in the second half for the win. The Cornhuskers out gained Illinois by a total of 312-310, but did turn the ball over three times in the game. Nebraska has defeated Illinois, Louisiana Tech, and NIU, while losing to Minnesota, Colorado, and Michigan. The Nebraska offense is averaging 19 points per game with 141.8 passing yards per game and 200.5 rushing yards per game, while going 37.8% on third downs. Heinrich Haarberg has thrown for 631 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions, while also rushing for 352 yards and three touchdowns for the Cornhuskers this year. Anthony Grant has rushed for 280 yards and three scores, while Billy Kemp IV has caught 20 passes for 219 yards and one touchdown. The Nebraska defense is giving up 21 points against per game this season. 

Nebraska Cornhuskers Team Facts

  • The favorite has won each of Nebraska's last eight games at Memorial Stadium.
  • Nebraska has failed to cover the spread in six of its last seven matches at Memorial Stadium when playing with a rest advantage.
  • Four of Nebraska's last five home games against non-AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.

Northwestern Wildcats Team Facts

  • Northwestern has lost 10 of its last 11 games against conference opponents.
  • Northwestern has failed to cover the spread in four of its last five October games against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Northwestern has lost the first half in each of its last four road games against conference opponents.
  • Six of Northwestern's last seven October games as a road underdog against non-AP-ranked teams have gone OVER the total points line.


Nebraska is coming off of their bye week, but they got a huge win at Illinois prior to the bye. Northwestern also had a bye last week, but they really struggled against Howard the week prior. The Wildcats have been slightly better than I thought they would be this season, but they are still very inconsistent. The Cornhuskers are the better team in this matchup and I think Haarberg and this Nebraska rushing attack will have a big game. I don’t anticipate Northwestern doing much offensively, so I am going with the Cornhuskers in this matchup. 

David’s Pick Nebraska -11.5

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