12:35 pm
August 27

Nebraska v. Northwestern

What will be the GAME RESULT?

Nebraska: Wins by Double Digits

Northwestern: Win or Single Digit Loss


Current odds:

Nebraska Cornhuskers: (-476)

Northwestern Wildcats: (+344)


• The line for this game is Nebraska by 11.5 points.

• There’s a six-hour difference between Central Time and Dublin, Ireland time. Last season, there was a seven-touchdown gulf separating the Nebraska and Northwestern football teams, as the Cornhuskers romped to a 56-7 home victory. Both of those realities figure to be on the minds of the Wildcats as they meet Nebraska in the season opener in Dublin on Saturday.

• Both Nebraska and Northwestern finished 3-9 overall and 1-8 in Big Ten Conference play in 2021. Whether overseas or stateside, the programs aspire to bigger, better and closer-to-.500 things this time around.

• Quarterback Casey Thompson, a Texas transfer who passed for 2,113 yards and 24 touchdowns while starting 10 games for the Longhorns last season, hopes to benefit from bolstered line play as the program works to grow its depth in the skill positions.

• Nebraska’s defense returns standout linebackers Garrett Nelson and Luke Reimer to a solid unit. Eight of the team’s nine losses last season came by one score.

• While Fitzgerald was not tipping his hand on the quarterback competition between Ryan Hilinski – who made nine appearances last season – and Brendan Sullivan, Northwestern looks to jell around offensive tackle Peter Skoronski, who is receiving buzz as a prospective first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

• Running back Evan Hull, who rushed for 1,009 yards and seven touchdowns last season, also returns.

StreakSmarter Pick
Nebraska: Wins by Double Digits