Big Ten teams coming off their first win of the season meet up at noon ET when the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-3) travel to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2) on Saturday. The Cornhuskers held off Penn State last week in a 30-23 final. Illinois, meanwhile, beat Rutgers 23-20 on the road. Nebraska has won four straight in this series and holds the 13-3-1 head-to-head edge all time against Illinois.
William Hill Sportsbook lists the Cornhuskers as 16.5-point favorites in the latest Nebraska vs. Illinois odds, up two points from the opening line. The over-under for total points is up to 59 after opening at 56.5. Before locking in any Illinois vs. Nebraska picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Nebraska vs. Illinois spread: Nebraska -16.5
- Nebraska vs. Illinois over-under: 59 points
- Nebraska vs. Illinois money line: Nebraska -800, Illinois +550
What you need to know about Nebraska
The Cornhuskers got a big lift from quarterback Luke McCaffrey in the win over Penn State last week. He completed 13 of 21 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a big asset as a runner, picking up 67 yards and a score on the ground.
Versatile receiver Wan'Dale Robinson is another important part of Nebraska's offense. He made five catches against Penn State, but was also utilized as a running back as he took 16 carries for 60 yards. Look for coach Scott Frost to continue to incorporate him in different ways as the Cornhuskers look for consistency on offense.
What you need to know about Illinois
Meanwhile, it was a close one, but on Saturday the Fighting Illini sidestepped the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for a 23-20 victory. Illinois QB Isaiah Williams had a nice game as he accumulated 104 passing yards in addition to rushing for one TD and 192 yards. Illinois head coach Lovie Smith hasn't yet announced a starter for Saturday between Williams and Brandon Peters, as Peters is eligible to return this week after missing three weeks because of the coronavirus.
A pair of offensive stats to consider in this matchup: Nebraska is one of the worst teams in the nation in passing touchdowns, with only one on the season. Illinois has experienced some struggles of its own as the Fighting Illini are stumbling into the game with the 14th fewest passing yards per game in the country, having accrued only 148 on average.
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