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Nebraska Preview and Prediction

By Brian Ullery

Matchup: Northwestern Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 B1G) at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (4-4, 3-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, 4 Nov 2017, 2:30 pm CDT
Line: Northwestern (-1.5); over/under (54.5)


First of all, let us get the elephant out of the room.  NU faces UNL today.  Any network, sportscaster or Nebraska fan that continues to use NU for Nebraska just shows their idiocy.  The University is titled University of Nebraska at Lincoln (to differentiate it from their campus in Omaha).  To continually call Northwestern NW is absurd and frankly downright annoying, and I do not think we should take it any longer.  We have a football team who now goes to bowl games.  A basketball team that made the dance and finally a sports complex to rival any program.  But on to the main topic today.

Earlier this year, Tom Petty died.  A couple texts, a couple stories and he was gone.  Dave Grohl did an amazing tribute, but I really have not seen much else.  Almost everyone my age had Full Moon Fever and listened to it.  It was in the CD changer constantly and would come up on shuffle, and everyone just said “oh, Petty, this is great”.  The guy was amazing, just look at his stuff.  From the Wilbury’s to this decade, his music is downright AWESOME.  You can put an album in and just listen to it.  The Heartbreakers will never get listed as “a top 5 bands”, but maybe they should be.  So here’s my little tribute with a Breakdown.

The ‘Cats started the season with a win but a bad loss to Duke and then two fairly painful losses to Penn State and Wisconsin had us Free Fallin’.  We all thought, the ‘Cats were just another Face in the Crowd.   Fitz wouldn’t have it though, telling the ‘Cats that NU was Runnin’ Down a Dream.   He lined up his men against Maryland and said “Yer So Bad”.  Iowa was a defensive struggle with very minimal offense, and as Fitz took a knee to end regulation, he must have Listened to Her Heart, as it turned out to be the correct decision. This brought us to last week.  #16 Sparty came to town screaming You Got Lucky, and started the game opening up a 10-0 lead.  Was this Mary Jane’s Last Dance?  Come on, if this was going to be a blow out, the rest of the college football schedule was amazing.  The ‘Cats though were just Learning to Fly.  Thorson got shoved in by Jackson, a FG (amazingly the ‘Cats have reliable FG kicker this year) and it was all even going into halftime.  A HB option had JJ throwing a touchdown and the ‘Cats led for the first time, but a late Sparty score led to another OT game.  Back and forth, through two OT’s and then Flynn Nagel broke free scoring down the sideline.  Sparty had one last chance, but Nate Hall “Don’t Come Around Here No More” intercepted and it was over.  

Nebraska hosts Northwestern today in what should be a shootout.  Mike Riley’s Cornhuskers are allowing 30 pts per game and have not looked good this season punctuated by a loss to NIU and just getting destroyed by Wisconsin and the Buckeyes.  A new AD was just hired at Nebraska and Riley may soon be a Refugee.  An alleged QB whisperer, Riley has brought along Tanner Lee this season carefully, but some dividends started paying out last week as the junior led the team to a come from behind 25-24 win against Purdue.   Surprisingly, Nebraska's rushing attack is lacking as  their leading rusher is Ozigbo has only 359 yards from scrimmage.  Look for the Cornhuskers to throw early and often, trying to open up the Wildcats. 

NU Won’t Back Down and tells Riley he’s just an American Girl.  It’s Damn the Torpedoes as Skowronek gets in the end zone a couple times today, while JJ adds a third.  Lancaster and Gaziano each get a sack, while Igwebuke tells Lee “Don’t Do me Like That” with an interception.  You Don’t Know How It Feels to go somewhere warm for bowl season Nebraska, but the ‘Cats do. 

PICK: NU 31 UNL 20.  Take the ‘Cats and give the points

Season to date: 5-3 straight up, 2-6 ATS



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