Northwestern Wildcats vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, 10/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: Lincoln Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Cornhuskers (-10)
The Northwestern Wildcats (2-2) are en route to Lincoln Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-3). Nebraska is 10-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is 48.5.
The Northwestern Wildcats head into this game 2-2 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Wildcats played the Ohio Bobcats and notched a win by a score of 35-6. Ryan Hilinski connected on 12/20 with 88 yds passing. He had a QB rate of 97.0 and finished the game without throwing a pick. Evan Hull was the leader on the ground for the Wildcats with 22 totes for 216 yards (9.8 yds per carry). The Northwestern Wildcats ended up rushing 51 times and totaled 373 yds, earning them an average of 7.3 yds per attempt. Once the final whistle blew, they tallied 71 plays which gave them 461 yds. Northwestern allowed 21 pass completions on 32 attempts for a total of 169 yds, and a completion rate of 65.6%. When it came to stopping the run, the Wildcats gave up 179 yards on 31 attempts, which is an average of 5.8 yds per run allowed.
When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 25.8 PPG. As a team they're maintaining an average of 214.0 yards via the ground game which is 23rd in the country. The Wildcats have earned 1,553 total yards for this campaign. When it comes to notching touchdowns, Northwestern has compiled 6 touchdowns through the air and 7 rushing touchdowns. Northwestern has accumulated 82 first downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 20 infractions for 167 yds. They have turned the football over 8 different times.
The Wildcats rank 59th in Division 1 concerning team defense, allowing 20.0 points per contest. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.4 yards per rushing attempt and 189.8 yards on the ground per game on the campaign. During the season, they have conceded 759 yards on the ground through 4 games. When talking about passing yards, the Wildcats have conceded 842 yds which has them ranked 71st in the nation. They are allowing 210.5 yards per contest via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 65.2%. For the year, they are surrendering 400.3 yards/contest ranking them 96th in Division 1. They have relinquished 3 touchdowns by air in addition to 7 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Cornhuskers head into this game 2-3 for this season. In their last game, the Cornhuskers went home defeated by a final of 23-20 when they faced the Michigan State Spartans. Rahmir Johnson ran the football 19 times for 76 yds, ending the game with 4.0 yds per carry for Nebraska. Adrian Martinez walked away from the game with 248 yds on 24/34 through the air while his QB rating was 126.0. He had 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 7.3. Nebraska allowed 30 rush attempts for 71 yds (2.4 yards per carry). The Cornhuskers pass defense gave up a completion rate of 60.9%, surrendering 183 yds on 14 out of 23 passing. The Cornhuskers finished the game with 440 yards and they ran 84 plays (5.2 yards per play). Nebraska ran for 3.9 yards per carry, finishing with 188 yards on 48 attempts.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Cornhuskers currently rank 79th in Division 1 by tallying 27.6 points per game. For the year thus far, the Cornhuskers have thrown for a total of 1,373 yards via the pass together with holding an average of 274.6 passing yards per outing, putting them at 36th in college football. The Nebraska Cornhuskers maintain an average of 473.0 yards per game, which is good for 25th in the country. The Nebraska offense has racked up 258 yds of penalties on 30 infractions, which ranks them 22nd in college football in terms of helping out the opposition.
The Cornhuskers are surrendering 17.2 points per game, ranking them 38th in college football. Nebraska has allowed the opposition a total of 697 yards on the ground (139.4 yards/game) and 3 touchdowns via the rush for the season. This season, they have relinquished 86 pts. They have allowed the opposition 5 touchdowns through the air and 188.6 yards/contest, ranking them 51st in D-1. The Cornhuskers defense has been on the field for 329 plays, ranking them 136th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Wildcats/Cornhuskers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cornhuskers -10
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