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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick & Prediction AUGUST 27th 2022

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Logo Nebraska Cornhuskers
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Logo Northwestern Wildcats
0
OPENNER
55

-9.5 -147
CURRENT
54o -110

+525
MONEYLINE
+1650

28
SCORE
31

A pair of Big Ten Conference football teams are set to kick off the 2022 college football season in Dublin, Ireland. The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats meet up for a big game in the Big Ten West Division.

There is optimism surrounding both programs heading into the 2022 season, even though that wasn’t the case a year ago. Neither team went to a bowl game in 2021 as the Cornhuskers and Wildcats both had losing records.

The Big Ten West Division is going to be wide open in 2022, and this game will have a big impact on the standings.

Nebraska vs. Northwestern Betting Odds

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Nebraska(-475) vs. Northwestern (+360)

SPREAD: Nebraska -12.0 (-110) vs. Northwestern +12.0 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 50.5 (-110) vs. Under 50.5 (-110)

Nebraska vs. Northwestern Preview (CFB Week 0)

Scott Frost has gone just 15-29 as head coach at Nebraska, and there is a ton of pressure on him to deliver a winning team this season. Casey Thompson is expected to be the starting quarterback, and this team will try to win games on offense.

Nebraska was one of the highest-scoring teams in the Big Ten Conference a season ago, and they aren’t afraid to speed things up. There is a ton of offensive talent on this roster, but they have to limit mistakes.

The Cornhuskers had just 12 takeaways on defense in 2021, and that number simply has to improve this season.

The wheels fell off quickly for the Northwestern Wildcats a season ago, especially on the defensive side of the football. The Wildcats were abysmal on defense, and it all started by giving up 56 points to this Nebraska team.

The transfer portal was good to Northwestern in 2022, though, and the defensive line should be loaded with talent. This will be a good test for the Wildcats on defense as they have to find a way to slow down the explosive Northwestern squad.

Running back Cam Porter is back in 2022, and he should provide a huge boost to the offense. Northwestern wants to slow the game down, but they also have to find a way to do some damage on offense.

Nebraska vs. Northwestern Prediction

Both teams had a miserable end to the 2021 college football season, and the Cornhuskers and Wildcats are looking to bounce back. Even though both teams are in the Big Ten Conference, the style of play is very different.

Nebraska is going to try and push the tempo in this game, and that will make life difficult for Northwestern. The Wildcats are going to be a solid defensive team this season, but they just won’t be able to score enough points to win the game.

Take the 12.0 points and bet on the Northwestern Wildcats to cover the spread, but Nebraska wins the game.

Final Score: Nebraska 28 - Northwestern 20

EXTRA POINTS

1. Both teams ended the 2021 season with six straight losses.

2. Nebraska dominated Northwestern a season ago, coming away with a 56-7 win.

3. Game will be played in Dublin, Ireland.

Best Bet: Northwestern +12 (-110)

PREDICTION
Nebraska Cornhuskers
30
20
Northwestern Wildcats

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Recap AUG 27TH 2022

Northwestern overcame a pair of 11-point deficits to record a 31-28 win over Nebraska in a Big Ten game Saturday in Dublin, Ireland.

The Wildcats (1-0) trailed 28-17 midway through the third quarter before taking over, doing so almost exclusively on the ground. They ran for 157 of their 214 rushing yards in the second half, with Evan Hull's 4-yard touchdown run with 11:34 left in the fourth completing the comeback.

The score came after Cam Mitchell returned an interception 33 yards to the Nebraska 42, and a pick by Northwestern's Xander Mueller with 1:45 left sealed the win.

Hull finished with 119 yards on 22 carries, while Cam Porter ran for 94 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

Despite a new year and being in a different country, it was the same old result for Nebraska (0-1), which fell to 5-21 in one-score games under coach Scott Frost. The Cornhuskers lost eight such games a year ago, more than any team in one season in FBS history.

Down 17-14 at the half, Nebraska went up by four early in the third on a 3-yard run by Anthony Grant, who had 101 yards and two scores. Grant made it 28-17 via a 46-yard touchdown less than one minute later, with the score coming two plays after Caleb Tannor recovered a Porter fumble near midfield.

Porter redeemed himself with a 3-yard touchdown run with 7:53 left in the third, cutting Nebraska's lead to 28-24.

Nebraska came out firing early, with Texas transfer Casey Thompson completing 5 of 6 passes for 68 yards -- including a 32-yard touchdown to New Mexico State transfer Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda less than three minutes into the game.

The Cornhuskers went up 14-3 early in the second on a 1-yard sneak by Thompson, who was 25 of 42 for 355 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

But after that it was all Wildcats in the first half. Ryan Hilinski connected on a 43-yard touchdown to Raymond Niri III and hit Illinois transfer Donny Navarro III from 6 yards out with 25 seconds left before halftime.

Hilinski completed 27 of 38 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns.

Nebraska hosts North Dakota in its home opener on Sept. 3, while Northwestern is off until hosting Duke on Sept. 10. Neither team plays away from home again until October.

--Field Level Media

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