The Northwestern Wildcats can lock down a bowl spot when they visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Game time is 3:30 EST on Saturday, November 4 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Viewers can catch the game on the Big Ten Network.
Oddsmakers have Nebraska as a 1.5-point favorite at home. The over/under for the game is 51 points. Click here to check out a full list of Week 10 betting odds and links to game previews.
Northwestern vs Nebraska Betting Preview & Vegas Game Odds
The Wildcats head to Nebraska riding a three-game winning streak. Northwestern survived a wild triple-overtime game against Michigan State last week, which improved their record to 5-3. If Northwestern can win out and then win their bold game, they’ll have a 10-win season, which would be a great accomplishment for Pat Fitzgerald’s team.
Nebraska, meanwhile, is still two wins shy of a bowl game after sneaking past Purdue 25-24 last week. Nebraska trailed by 12 early in the 4th quarter but scored two touchdowns late to top the Boilermakers. The Cornhuskers have taken care of business against the Big Ten’s weaker teams but looked overmatched against the league’s top teams. Northwestern is somewhere in the middle, so this should be an interesting matchup.
Both teams are 3-2 in Big Ten play, and so the winner will have the inside track on finishing second behind Wisconsin in the Big Ten West.
Free College Football Batting Selection: Northwestern +1.5
This game is essentially a PK, and I’m going to lean toward Northwestern to win on the road. The Wildcats have won overtime games each of the last two weeks, which means they’re battle-tested and able to find ways to win. This is bound to be a close game, and right now, I trust Northwestern more to win a tight game, even on the road.
I’m most impressed with Northwestern defensively. They’ve been stout against the run most of the season, and that becomes even more important in November. Even with three overtime periods last week, Michigan State still didn’t reach 100 yards rushing against the Northwestern defense. The Wildcats can do the same to Nebraska and make the Cornhuskers one-dimensional offensively.
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To be fair, Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee has come on strong over the past month. In his last four games, he has thrown eight touchdowns and just one interception. During last week’s win over Purdue, he had over 400 yards passing. But that will be tough to replicate against the Northwestern defense, especially if the Cornhuskers can’t generate a consistent running game.
I also like how Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson has played in recent weeks. The numbers aren’t eye-popping, but he made some big throws against Michigan State. In four overtime periods the last two weeks, the Wildcats have four touchdowns, which means they’ve been good in the red zone and in crunch time. Thorson deserves a lot of credit for Northwestern being able to win those two games.
I don’t want to discount Nebraska’s comeback win against Purdue last week. But the Wildcats have proven they can win close games multiple times this year. That means a lot when the spread is this small. I’ll take my chances with Northwestern winning on the road.