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Will two struggling offenses have trouble meeting a low total on Saturday when Northwestern plays host to Nebraska at Noon ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
179 Nebraska at 180 Northwestern
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Noon ET – Ryan Field
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Northwestern is favored at home, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -3.5 points against Northwestern. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 59.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 72 percent going on Northwestern at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Nebraska still winless
Nebraska continued its struggles this weekend with a 41-24 loss at Wisconsin. The Cornhuskers are now 0-5 on the season, 0-3 in the Big Ten, 1-4 against the spread and 3-2 with the over.
The Cornhuskers have been awful on defense this year, allowing 39.2 points and 437.6 yards per game. Nebraska is giving up over 200 yards per game on the ground. Offensively, the Huskers are averaging 432.2 yards per game, but scoring just 21.8 points per contest. Freshman Adrian Martinez has thrown for 916 yards and five touchdowns, but also has rushed for 253 yards and three scores. Devine Ozigbo is the leading rusher with 289 yards and three scores.
Northwestern snaps skid
Northwestern is coming off a 29-19 win at Michigan State last weekend to snap a three-game losing streak. The Wildcats are 2-3 overall, 2-1 in the Big Ten, 3-2 against the spread and 3-2 with the over.
The Wildcats are trying to win with defense, but still giving up 25.2 points and 388.2 yards per game. Offensively, Northwestern is putting up 23.6 points and 371.2 yards per game. Their run offense has taken a big hit with the loss of Jeremy Larkin for the season to a spinal injury. The current active leading rusher is John Moten IV, who has just 57 yards on 25 carries. Clayton Thorson is being forced to do it all with his arm. He has thrown for 1,300 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions. Flynn Nagel is the leading receiver with 402 yards on 36 catches.
College Football Betting Trends
Nebraska has hit the over in four straight road games and the Huskers are 6-0-1 with the over in their last seven conference games.
Northwestern is 39-11-1 with the under in its last 51 home games and 11-4-1 with the under in its last 16 games following a cover.
The total is set pretty high for two teams that aren’t able to sustain a lot of offense right now. I know Nebraska is struggling a great deal on defense, but the Wildcats are so one dimensional that is should impact their ability to score consistently. Northwestern should also be able to put up a stand at home on defense. Nebraska has struggled to finish drives as is and I expect that to continue on the road.
Northwestern Wildcats (home) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (away)
Current records: Northwestern 2-3; Nebraska 0-5
What to Know
Northwestern will be playing at home against Nebraska at at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Coming off of a win even when the odds were against them, Northwestern have to be feeling especially confident now that the spread is in their favor.
Northwestern have had to suffer through a three-game losing streak, but that streak is no more. They walked away with a 29-19 win over Michigan St. Among those leading the charge for Northwestern was Clayton Thorson, who passed for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Nebraska ended up a good deal behind Wisconsin when they played last Saturday, losing 41-24.
Northwestern’s victory lifted them to 2-3 while Nebraska’s loss dropped them down to 0-5. We’ll find out if Northwestern can add another positive mark to their record or if Nebraska can shake off the defeat and take the spring out of Northwestern’s step.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 12:00 PM ET
- Where: Ryan Field, Illinois
- TV: ABC
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Wildcats are a solid 4 point favorite against the Cornhuskers.
This season, Northwestern is 3-2-0 against the spread. As for Nebraska, they are 1-4-0 against the spread
Northwestern has won 2 out of their last 3 games against Nebraska.
- 2017 – Nebraska Cornhuskers 24 vs. Northwestern Wildcats 31
- 2016 – Northwestern Wildcats 13 vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers 24
- 2015 – Nebraska Cornhuskers 28 vs. Northwestern Wildcats 30