Nebraska vs. Northwestern Prediction
Is Northwestern in danger of having a letdown performance when the Wildcats play host to winless Nebraska today at Noon ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
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 points against Nebraska. 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.
Northwestern upsets Michigan State
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 Cats have covered in their last two against MSU and Michigan.
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.
Nebraska unable to break through
Nebraska continued its struggles last 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. They did manage to cover last week for their first of the year.
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.
College Football Betting Trends
Northwestern is 6-0 against the spread in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record and 21-5 ATS in their last 26 Big Ten games.
Nebraska is just 2-5 ATS in its last 7 Big Ten games and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a failed cover.
Northwestern has been able to play well in the Big Ten, covering in all three games this year. Despite being one dimensional on offense, Nebraska doesn’t have the defense to capitalize on that. The Huskers should show some improvement eventually, but going to Northwestern is going to be tough. The Wildcats will be physical with a Nebraska front that hasn’t handled that well thus far.
College Football Prediction: Northwestern -3