Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-5) at Northwestern Wildcats (2-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -6 -- Over/Under:
The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats meet Saturday in college football action at Ryan Field.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are getting desperate for a victory to rebound from an awful 0-5 record. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost each of their last four road games. Adrian Martinez is completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 916 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Martinez and Andrew Bunch have combined for seven touchdown passes and five interceptions this season. Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman have combined for 823 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Maurice Washington has 10 receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 185 yards per contest, and Devine Ozigbo leads the way with 289 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 39.2 points and 437.6 yards per game. Mohamed Barry leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 45 tackles, Luke Gifford has 3.5 sacks and Lamar Jackson has one interception.
The Northwestern Wildcats look for their first home win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Northwestern Wildcats have split their last eight home games. Clayton Thorson is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 1,300 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. Thorson has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last 10 games. Flynn Nagel and Cameron Green have combined for 661 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Bennett Skowronek has 22 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 77.4 yards per contest, and Jeremy Larkin leads the way with 346 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 25.2 points and 388.2 yards per game. Blake Gallagher leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 49 tackles, Joe Gaziano has 3.5 sacks and JR Pace has one interception.
The Cornhuskers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wildcats are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 conference games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in October and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the road team is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Northwestern Wildcats have actually played their worst football this season at home, so there's reason for pause. However, that's the only reason to suggest this line being under double digits. The Nebraska Cornhuskers continue to look like a team that has no idea what it's doing, as they've given up 33 or more points in four of their five games, and despite the offense picking up recently, they're being outscored by 25.6 points in their last three games. Until Nebraska can put together a complete game, I'm not sure how you can back this club. There's also even more confidence in Northwestern after beating Michigan State as big underdogs and actually putting together a passing attack for once. I'll take Northwestern and the reasonable number.