Through 3 Quarters

The Illinois Fighting Illini were expected to take an 'L' in this one, but so far it isn't playing out to script. After three quarters it's looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as the Fighting Illini lead 38-17.

RB Chase Brown has led the way so far for Illinois, as he has rushed for two TDs and 104 yards on 23 carries. The squad has gotten extra help from defensive menace DB Tony Adams and his ten tackles.

Nebraska has been riding high on the performance of QB Luke McCaffrey, who has accumulated 96 passing yards in addition to rushing for two TDs and 121 yards. This nimble footwork stands out as the first time McCaffrey has hit the 100-yard rushing mark this season.

This is the first time Illinois has been ahead going into the fourth quarter in the past five games.

Who's Playing

Illinois @ Nebraska

Current Records: Illinois 1-3; Nebraska 1-2

What to Know

The Illinois Fighting Illini have been on the wrong side of a one-way rivalry with the Nebraska Cornhuskers and are hoping to record their first win since Oct. 3 of 2015. Illinois and Nebraska will face off in a Big Ten battle at noon ET Saturday at Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium. The Fighting Illini aren't favored, but they just beat the odds in their last contest, so don't count them out.

Illinois came out on top in a nail-biter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last week, sneaking past 23-20. Illinois QB Isaiah Williams did work as he accumulated 104 passing yards in addition to rushing for one TD and 192 yards.

Special teams collected 11 points for Illinois. K James McCourt booted in three field goals, the longest a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter, which ultimately accounted for the difference in the matchup.

Meanwhile, Nebraska was able to grind out a solid victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions last week, winning 30-23. Nebraska QB Luke McCaffrey was slinging it as he passed for one TD and 152 yards on 21 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 67 yards.

The Fighting Illini are now 1-3 while the Cornhuskers sit at 1-2. A pair of offensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: Illinois is stumbling into the game with the 16th fewest passing yards per game in the nation, having accrued only 148 on average. Nebraska has experienced some struggles of their own as they are 14th worst in the nation in overall offensive touchdowns, with only five on the season. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium -- Lincoln, Nebraska
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Cornhuskers are a big 16.5-point favorite against the Fighting Illini, according to the latest college football odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Cornhuskers, as the game opened with the Cornhuskers as a 14.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -114

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Series History

Nebraska have won four out of their last five games against Illinois.

  • Sep 21, 2019 - Nebraska 42 vs. Illinois 38
  • Nov 10, 2018 - Nebraska 54 vs. Illinois 35
  • Sep 29, 2017 - Nebraska 28 vs. Illinois 6
  • Oct 01, 2016 - Nebraska 31 vs. Illinois 16
  • Oct 03, 2015 - Illinois 14 vs. Nebraska 13