Prediction thread: Illini-Huskers

2013-10-04T13:22:00Z Prediction thread: Illini-HuskersBy STEVEN M. SIPPLE JournalStar.com
October 04, 2013 1:22 pm  • 

I immediately defer to Matt Daniels of the Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette.

He does a position-by-position breakdown of Saturday's game, followed by his prediction:

Illinois will put points on the board in Lincoln. Plenty of them. But not at the rate the Illini have so far in three home games. And the defense will struggle to contain a balanced Cornhuskers offense. When you see the Illinois score scroll across the screen at various points Saturday, you will be surprised. Bill Cubit and Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck — whom Cubit coached when he was an assistant in the 1980s at Central Florida — will put on a clinic at times with their play-calling, but the real winner emerges with who can make the most stops. This advantage goes to the Cornhuskers, who, despite some suspect defense at times

this season, will limit Illinois just enough. And when it matters most. Illinois will keep it close going into the fourth quarter but can’t outscore Nebraska, falling 48-34.

Kudos to Matt for using "Cornhuskers." I always like that.

His pick generally jibes with mine: Nebraska 38, Illinois 31.

Enjoy your night.

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