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How and what to watch for Nebraska vs. Northwestern

The Cornhuskers will be trying to get their first win of the season over the undefeated Wildcats.

Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Blake Gallagher (51) intercepts a pass thrown by Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras (not pictured) at the end of the fourth quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Northwestern Wildcats are looking for their third-straight win to start the season when they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET in Evanston, IL.

The Cornhuskers (0-1) did not play last week as their game against the Wisconsin Badgers was canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests. In Week 1 against the Ohio State Buckeyes the Cornhuskers struggled as many teams do in Columbus, losing 52-17 on the road.

The Cornhuskers’ defense allowed quarterback Justin Fields to complete 95.2 percent of his passes along with 300-plus yards of total offense and three total touchdowns. They also allowed two Ohio State wide receivers to record at least 100 receiving yards each. Nebraska’s offense, led by junior dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez, was the lone bright spot. He had 12 completions on 15 attempts for 105 yards. He did not have a passing touchdown but had a rushing touchdown and led Nebraska is rushing yards with 85.

Northwestern (2-0) is coming off of a tight 21-20 road win over the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa jumped out to a 17-0 first-half lead, but Wildcats roared back, outscoring the Hawkeyes 21-3. Northwestern’s defense got the game-sealing interception off of Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras late in the fourth quarter, who had three interceptions.

As for the Wildcats’ offense, senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey had 11 completions on 18 attempts for 130 yards and an interception. Ramsey also contributed 26 yards on the ground. Junior running back Isaiah Bowser led both teams in rushing with 85 yards on 25 carries. This season, Bowser has a modest 155 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Nebraska vs. Northwestern on Saturday, November 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET on BTN, or you can stream it via FOX Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Nebraska (+3.5) vs. Northwestern
Point Total: O/U 53
Money line: Nebraska (+135), Northwestern (-167)

  • Nebraska is 2-8 against the spread in its last 10 games.
  • Nebraska is 3-6 against the spread in its last nine games against Northwestern.
  • Northwestern is 1-8-2 against the spread in its last 11 games when they are the favorite.
  • Northwestern is 4-1 straight up in its last five games.

Betting splits

Nebraska: (63% of handle, 41% percent of bets)
Northwestern: (37% of handle, 59% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The last time we saw Nebraska, they did not show up on either side of the football as Ohio State blew them out in Week 1. And they face a Northwestern team that looked good on defense last Saturday against Iowa. If the Cornhuskers want to capture the road win, it will start and with Adrian Martinez and the rest of the offense. But we don’t think so.

Pick: Northwestern -3.5

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