Northern Illinois vs Nebraska 2019 College Football Week 3 Odds & Analysis.

Northern Illinois vs Nebraska 2019 College Football Week 3 Odds & Analysis

Written by on September 13, 2019

Being a head coach is one of the most thankless tasks in the world. Yes, these guys get paid a ton of money, but save for a few of the elite coaches in the game, there really isn’t any such thing as job security. For many coaches, it’s all about moving up the ranks and landing one of the big jobs. Some guys will start out as a coordinator, before finally getting recognized and moving up to a smaller school. If they do well in that post, there is a very good chance that one of the big boys will come knocking.

That’s when a whole different level of pressure hits, as the stakes get raised higher when you head to a bigger school. That is the career arc that the Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost has followed, as huge success with the UCF Knights saw him head back to his alma mater in Nebraska. It has been a slow start for Frost, as the job he has on his hands is a big one. Nebraska is favored by 2 touchdowns in this one, with the point total set at 54 ½.

Northern Illinois vs Nebraska 2019 College Football Week 3 Odds & Analysis

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Weather Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy: 28°C/82°F
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Precipitation: 12%
  • Cloud Cover: 42%
  • Wind: 11 mph S
  • Stadium Type: Open

Why bet on the Northern Illinois Huskies?

This is the second week in a row that the NIU Huskies have come into a game as a double-digit underdog after going down 35-17 to Utah last week as a 23-point dog. It was certainly not the result they would have hoped for, but from a betting standpoint, the Huskies have been money through the first 2 weeks of the season, going 2-0 ATS.

That now puts them at 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games, but they have had even better success when going against teams from the Big Ten. The Huskies have covered the spread in 6 of their last 7 meetings versus teams from that conference, which may make them a decent bet in this one. Another decent angle here is that NIU have seen the UNDER hit in 5 of their last 6 games played on a Saturday.

Team Stats (Last 10 Games)

  • Score: 21.00
  • Rush Yards: 85.00
  • Pass Attempts: 23.00
  • Completion Percentage: 65.22
  • Passing Yards: 128.00
  • Total Yards: 213.00
  • Turnovers: 1.00

Why bet on the Nebraska Cornhuskers?

It has been a slow start to life for Scott Frost in Nebraska, with the Cornhuskers going just 5-13 SU in their last 18 games. Nebraska were a great bet at the tail end of last season, covering the spread in 7 of their final 8 game sin 2018, but they have not been so good this season, failing to cover through the opening 2 weeks of the season.

Northern Illinois vs Nebraska is not going to be a close one.

On the positive side of things, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have been a good bet, winning 5 in a row in their own building. You will have a bit of a decision to make when deciding on how to play the point total. While the total has gone OVER in 8 of their last 12 games, the UNDER has hit in 5 of their last 7 games played in Week 3.

Team Stats (Last 10 Games)

  • Score: 17.00
  • Rush Yards: 85.00
  • Pass Attempts: 47.00
  • Completion Percentage: 53.19
  • Passing Yards: 299.00
  • Total Yards: 384.00
  • Turnovers: 3.00

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Northern Illinois vs Nebraska 2019 College Football Week 3 Betting Trends

  • Huskies are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games played in September
  • Huskies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Big 10 conference
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northern Illinois’ last 6 games played on a Saturday
  • Cornhuskers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
  • Cornhuskers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games played in September
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nebraska’s last 7 games played in week 3

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Cornhuskers are becoming one of those teams that are difficult to wager on, but I do like them to come up with the win here. That said, I also like the Huskies to cover the spread.

Score: Northern Illinois Huskies 23 – Nebraska Cornhuskers 35

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