Nebraska is in an awkward position heading into the fourth season under Scott Frost. What looked to be the perfect hire at the time has not paid off with three straight losing seasons as the NCAA begins an investigation into the program for improper use of analysts and consultants as well as conducting workouts that were against the rules during the pandemic.
Nebraska just brought in a new athletic director, so this is a crucial point for Frost and his career with his alma mater. Saturday’s game is as close as a must-win as you’ll get in Week 0 of a college football season for Frost.
On the other side, Bret Bielema is back in the Big Ten West to take over an Illini program that was 17-39 overall including 10-33 in conference play over five seasons. It may take a few years, but the Illini have some buzz they haven’t had in quite some time. Bielema is an entertaining headline for college football fans to take notice of, so it’s good to have him back in the mix. He is in the early stages of building the identity of this team that is very similar to the brand of football played in the Big Ten West.
Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Nebraska -7 (42% of handle, 49% of bets)
Total: 55 (Over 14% of handle, 35% of bets)
Moneyline: Nebraska -255 (68% of handle, 85% of bets), Illinois +205
Opening Spread: Nebraska -9.5
Opening Total: 56.5
TE Travis Vokolek is questionable with an unknown injury.
TE Thomas Fidone II is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
LB Will Honas is out for the season with a knee injury.
RB Markese Stepp is probable with a foot injury.
DL Jamaal Woods is questionable with a foot injury.
DL Roderick Perry II is questionable with an undisclosed ailment.
WR Marquez Beason is unlikely to be available with a hamstring injury.
OL Jordyn Slaughter is out for the season with an ankle injury.
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