Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 10/6/2023: This week marks the culmination of a three-game homestand for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as they hit the road to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini in Champaign. The Cornhuskers find themselves in a somewhat precarious position, sitting one game below .500 following a resounding 38-point loss to Michigan that brought their two-game winning streak to an abrupt halt. If you’re looking for more thrilling college football action, be sure to explore our College Football Predictions Week 6 on the best college football betting site.
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 10/6/2023 Game Info
|When:||Friday, October 6, 2023|
|Time:||8:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL)|
Matt Rhule vs Bret Bielema
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are facing a crucial test as they conclude their three-game homestand with a challenging away game against the Illinois Fighting Illini. Currently standing one game below .500, the Cornhuskers are coming off a humbling defeat at the hands of Michigan, where they endured a 38-point loss that terminated their promising two-game winning streak.
Heinrich Haarberg has emerged as the offensive leader for the Cornhuskers this season, accumulating 477 passing yards and four touchdowns on 38 completions. His contribution isn’t limited to the air, as he boasts a team-high 270 rushing yards and has found the end zone twice on 51 carries. In the rushing department, Anthony Grant has chipped in 224 yards and contributed two touchdowns on 44 carries, while Gabe Ervin Jr. has added 196 yards and one touchdown on 38 carries.
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini: College Football Matchup Analysis
Defensively, the Cornhuskers faced a daunting task in their recent clash against Michigan, conceding 45 points while allowing their opponents to amass 436 total yards of offense. While the offense managed to move the ball effectively, accumulating 305 yards, they were plagued by turnovers, giving away the ball once, and converting just three first downs, which ultimately led to their defeat. Quarterback Heinrich Haarberg had a challenging outing, completing only 14 passes for 199 yards in the game.
Turning our attention to the Illinois Fighting Illini, they return home this week with a record just shy of .500, standing at 2-3 following a 25-point loss to Purdue in their previous matchup. On the offensive front, Illinois has displayed moderate performance this season, averaging 21.6 points per game while gaining an average of 390.8 yards. However, their defense has faced challenges, allowing just over 30 points on nearly 420 yards per game.
In their last game, Luke Altmyer spearheaded the Illinois offense, completing 16 passes for 202 yards and contributing one touchdown. John Paddock also played a role, completing two passes for 24 yards. In the rushing department, Kaden Feagin led all ball carriers with 85 yards on 11 carries, while Josh McCray chipped in 35 yards and found the end zone once on 10 carries. The top receiver for the Fighting Illini in that game was Isaiah Williams, who managed to accumulate 113 yards on six catches.
NCAAF Latest Odds: ILL -3.5 ; O/U 43.5
While both teams have faced their fair share of struggles in the lead-up to this week’s showdown, it’s clear that Illinois boasts a more formidable overall team. The Fighting Illini are expected to exert control over this game on both sides of the ball, especially on their home turf. With that in mind, it’s reasonable to anticipate that Illinois will secure the victory and cover the spread against a somewhat lackluster Nebraska team.
Cornhuskers Betting Trends
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Nebraska’s last 14 games.
Nebraska are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games.
Nebraska are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Illinois.
Cornhusker are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games on the road.
Nebraska are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Big Ten conference.
Nebraska are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the West Division.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nebraska’s last 5 games played in October.
Nebraska are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games played in week 6.
Fighting Illini Betting Trends
Illinois are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois’ last 6 games.
Illinois are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games.
Illinois are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games at home.
Fighting Illini are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Big Ten conference.
Illinois are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the West Division.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Illinois’ last 9 games played in October.
Illinois are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 6.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Illinois’ last 9 games played on a Friday.
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Pick
In summary, these matchups offer a wealth of excitement for college football enthusiasts. As the Kansas State Wildcats square off against the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers collide with the Illinois Fighting Illini, fans can look forward to riveting clashes that will undoubtedly keep them on the edge of their seats. If you’re eager to wager on these games, don’t forget to check out the best sports betting apps for a seamless and enjoyable betting experience. As for our college football betting pick for this game, we favor the Fighting Illini to emerge victorious and cover the spread.
Score Prediction: Fighting Illini 31, Cornhuskers 21.