Nebraska Cornhuskers @ Illinois Fighting Illini 10/6/23 Free Pick, NCAAF Odds, NCAAF Predictions

Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-3) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-3)

Game Info: Friday, October 6th, 2023 at  8:00 p.m. EST (Memorial Stadium)

Betting Odds: Illinois ML (-160) - Over/Under (43.5)

Pick: Illinois ML (-160)

Friday night will feature a massive Big Ten West matchup between two teams who will be trying to get things going in the right direction heading into the middle of the 2023-24 college football season. These two teams come into this game with identical records, and both of them will be looking to even up their records at three victories and three losses on the season as well as grab a massive victory and conference play as well. As the Nebraska Cornhuskers head north Illinois Fighting Illini here on Friday night in Champaign.

Nebraska will be looking for a crucial victory here on Friday night in this huge Big Ten West clash, as Matt Rhule looks to further establish the changing of the guard here in Lincoln with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. His first year as the head coach of the team hasn’t gotten off to the worst start possible, but they could definitely improve as they continue to lose one score games, and find different ways to lose almost every single weekend. 

At some point they need a massive momentum boosting victory and they have an opportunity to get plenty of momentum with a victory over Illinois here on Friday night on the road and what could determine a potential contender in the Big Ten West division, all seven teams in the division are currently bunched up in all seven could realistically win the division as well. Nebraska comes into this game winless in the Big Ten conference through their first two conference games of the season, and they will be looking to change that with a victory here on Friday night against Illinois.

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Illinois will be looking for a massive victory here on Friday night at home against Nebraska as they look to get their season back on track and pick up their first conference victory of the season as well. They have lost their first two conference games of the season and this is a perfect “get right” game for Illinois as they have an opportunity to defeat a struggling Nebraska team here at home under the lights on Friday night.

If Illinois can get things together throughout the middle of the season, they could still potentially win the Big Ten West division and compete for a Big Ten title later on in the year. They will be looking to bounce back after being blown out by Purdue last weekend at home, and they will be looking to replicate their performance in the win against Florida Atlantic a couple of weekends ago, rather than the way they looked last weekend, which was really flat against the Boilermakers. This is also an Illinois team that will be looking to win their first game against a power five program this season after their previous two victories came against a group of five team from the MAC and Conference USA. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Nebraska is 0-2 on the road this season

- Illinois is 2-1 at home this season

- Illinois is 2-0 as a home favorite this season

I look for this to be a close and competitive game between these two middle of the pack teams in the Big Ten West. Both of them will be desperate for a victory here on Friday night as they look to pick up a massive conference win and put themselves higher in the pecking order to win the Big Ten West division and make their way to the Big Ten championship game this season. In the end I look for it to be Illinois to grab the victory at home over Nebraska as I look for Nebraska’s struggles to continue, as I expect the Cornhuskers to lose another game here on Friday night in Illinois. 

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