Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#323 Nebraska -13.5 vs.
#324 Illinois 63
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8:00pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu



#323 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
#324 University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign


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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

Where: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL

When: Saturday, September 21, 8:00 PM. ET.

The Illinois Fighting Illini will be trying to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday night.

Cornhuskers Looking For First Road Win

The Cornhuskers were beaten by the Colorado Buffaloes in their first road game of the year, but they bounced back with a win over Northern Illinois in their last game. They will be trying to pick up their second win in a row and their first road win of the year when they play their first Big Ten game of the year.

Nebraska’s offense has looked good so far with the team averaging 36.7 points per game. Adrian Martinez continues to be a headache for defenses with his passing and ability to run. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns in their win against the Huskies and added 44 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

The Cornhuskers have also done a good job running the ball and average 171.7 rushing yards per game, which is 68th in the country. Dedrick Mills averaged an impressive 10.5 yards per carry in his last game as he rushed for 116 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.

Nebraska’s defense will be the key to the team’s success in this one. They played well in their two wins, but their secondary has looked suspect, especially against Colorado when they gave up 375 passing yards and two touchdowns. If they can keep the Fighting Illini from throwing successfully, they will have a good chance to get the win.

Fighting Illini Trying To Get Off To Good Start In Conference Play

Last season, the Fighting Illini won their first two games of the season before losing eight of their next 10 games. This season, the team is also off to a 2-1 start, but they will try to avoid the same finish as they try to pick up their first conference win of the year as well as their third win of the season.

Illinois has looked good offensively, averaging 34.7 points per game, which is 48th in the country. They have also played well on the defensive end and are holding opponents to 20 points per game, which is 47th.

With the Cornhuskers throwing and running the ball well, the Fighting Illini’s defense will face its toughest challenge of the young season. However, if they can contain Nebraska’s offense, they will not only put themselves in a good position to win the game, they will also be taken seriously as a threat in the Big Ten.

Brandon Peters leads the team in passing this season and completed 22 of 37 passes for 297 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the loss. Reggie Corbin leads the ground attack and finished with 144 yards and one touchdown in the loss.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

Insiders Status:


The Illini have played well so far, but they have struggled against the spread and are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Cornhuskers have been great against the spread in conference play, winning six of their last seven games. The fact that the Cornhuskers have won seven of their last eight meetings against the Fighting Illini gives them the edge here.

Prediction: Nebraska Cornhuskers -12.5

Full-Game Total Pick

Insiders Status:


The Cornhuskers have played over the total in seven of their last eight road games while the Fighting Illini have played over the total in five of their last six conference games. With both teams scoring 71.4 combined points per game in their last three games, expect them to go over the total here.

Prediction: Over 64

Half-Time Side Pick

Insiders Status:


The Fighting Illini will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Cornhuskers in the first half of their last three games, averaging 23 points per game while the Cornhuskers average 20.3 points per game.

Prediction: Illinois Fighting Illini +7

Half-Time Total Bet

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The Cornhuskers and Fighting Illini are averaging 43.3 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over 31.5

Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.