Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 8/27/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022
Location: Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland
Odds/Point Spread: Wildcats (+10.5)
The Northwestern Wildcats (3-9 last year) are hosting the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-9 last season) at Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Northwestern opens this game as 10.5-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 55.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers ended the year having a 3-9 record. In their last matchup, the Cornhuskers took on the Iowa Hawkeyes and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 28-21. Logan Smothers was the best rusher for the Cornhuskers with 24 carries for 64 yards (2.7 yds per attempt). Logan Smothers went 16/22 with 198 yds passing. He had a QB rating of 139.2 and walked away from the contest with 1 pick. When it came to stopping the run, the Cornhuskers conceded 186 yards on 37 attempts, which averages out to 5.0 yards per rush surrendered. Nebraska relinquished 13 completions on 27 tries for 178 yards, and a completion rate of 48.1%. Overall, they had 65 plays which gave them a total of 327 yds. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ended up running the ball 43 times and tallied 129 yards, earning them an average of 3.0 yards per tote.
The Cornhuskers earned 5,369 total yards for the prior season. Nebraska compiled 14 passing touchdowns and 31 touchdowns via the ground. They gave the ball to the opposition 18 times. Nebraska accrued 260 1st downs, and they were hurt by 64 infractions for 540 yds. As a team they held an average of 180.7 yards rushing, which ranked them 48th in D-1. In terms of scoring, the Nebraska Cornhuskers averaged 27.9 points per game.
The Cornhuskers ranked 37th in the nation concerning team defense, giving up 22.7 PPG. The opposition ran for 4.2 yards per rush on the ground and 147.4 rushing yards per game last year. Overall, they allowed 1,769 rushing yards through 12 outings. Concerning passing yardage, the Cornhuskers conceded 2,629 yards which had them ranked 36th in D-1. Over the course of their 12 games played last year, they allowed 219.1 yards per game through the air as well as relinquishing a completion percentage of 64.7%. They gave up 366.5 yards per game putting them 46th in Division 1. They granted 14 touchdowns via the pass as well as 12 rushing touchdowns.
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The Wildcats wrapped up their season with a 3-9 record. In their last game, the Wildcats took a loss by a score of 47-14 when they faced the Illinois Fighting Illini. Ryan Hilinski ended the game with 123 yds on 12/23 passing while his QB rate was 88.4. He threw 1 pick and his Y/A was 5.34782608695652. Evan Hull ran the football 32 times for 101 yds, ending the game with 3.2 yards per carry for Northwestern. Northwestern ran for 2.5 yds per carry, totaling 118 yards on 48 attempts. The Wildcats finished the contest with 241 yds on 73 plays (3.3 yds per play). The Wildcats passing defense conceded a completion rate of 58.3%, relinquishing 242 yds on 14 for 24 through the air. Northwestern gave up 38 attempts on the ground for 217 yards (5.7 yds per rush).
Concerning the points being put on the board, the Wildcats were ranked 125th in Division 1 holding an average of 16.6 points per contest. Last season, the Wildcats threw for a total of 2,128 yards through the air as well as averaging 177.3 throwing yards per game, which had them sitting 110th in the nation. The Northwestern Wildcats maintained an average of 322.4 yards/outing, which had them sitting 116th in D-1. The Northwestern offense compiled 503 yds of penalties on 56 infractions, which was 120th in the nation in terms of making mistakes.
Northwestern yielded a total of 2,572 rushing yards (214.3 yards/game) as well as 31 touchdowns by way of the ground game last year. They allowed the opposition 11 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 216.5 yards per game, which had them sitting 47th in Division 1. The Wildcats defense participated in 836 plays, which had them sitting 49th in the country. The Wildcats gave up 29.0 points per contest, which put them in 89th in D-1. In total, they conceded 348 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Cornhuskers/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Wildcats +10.5
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