Louie Longshot for NU-Illinois
- Nebraska vs. Illinois
KICKOFF: 11 a.m. Memorial Stadium, Lincoln (91,000 capacity)
LINCOLN FORECAST: High of 55 degrees, partly cloudy, windy
TV: ESPNU (DirecTV ch. 208; DISH Network ch. 141; Charter ch. 816.
RADIO: KLIQ (94.5 FM), KLRB (97.3 FM), KBBN (98.3 FM), KQKY (105.9 FM), KGFW (1340 AM), KAWL (1370 AM), KRGI (1430 AM), Star 97 (97.3 FM)
RECORDS: Nebraska 3-1, 0-0 Big Ten, Illinois 3-1, 0-0.
LINE: Nebraska by 10.
SERIES: Nebraska leads 7-2-1
- The Matchup
When Nebraska has the ball
We know Taylor Martinez won’t play, and we’re not sure how much Ron Kellogg will play, but we know Tommy Armstrong is going to start. This will be a nice test for the young QB going against a defense that has given up a lot of yards. It could be a ground and pound kind of a day.
When Illinois has the ball
Illinois has a four-year starter at quarterback in Nathan Scheelhaase and an offense that is averaging 478 yards a game going against a Nebraska defense giving up 496 a game. There is no reason to think the Illini won’t put some points up on the board. They will need to in order to stay in the game.
Illinois will be attempting to end a 14-game Big Ten losing streak that dates back to 2011. That will undoubtedly give the Illini a little extra incentive. The Huskers are trying to show that they can win a Big Ten game without Taylor Martinez. That would be big because he may not be back next week either.
Overall outlook: This could be an offensive explosion with two productive offenses going against defenses that have had issues. A windy day could favor the Huskers
PREDICTION: NEBRASKA 41, ILLINOIS 31
- Bob Hamar
Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 12:45 am, Sun Oct 6, 2013.
Posted on Oct 5, 2013
How time flies.
Bo Pelini and his Nebraska football team already have two full seasons of Big Ten play under their belt with mixed results. The Huskers have had success, just not as much as they would have liked.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 12:45 am.