In a Big Ten Conference showdown, the Illinois Fighting Illini will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers as both teams look for their first conference victories of the season. Both teams currently hold identical 2-3 overall records, with Illinois suffering a 44-19 defeat at Purdue, and Nebraska getting trounced 45-7 by Michigan last weekend. The Fighting Illini, who have won their last three meetings with the Cornhuskers, are the 3-point favorites in this game. Illinois’ wideout Isaiah Williams has been a standout performer, leading the Big Ten in catches and receiving yards. Meanwhile, Nebraska’s quarterback Heinrich Haarberg has shown promising form in his first three starts. The SportsLine Projection Model has made its picks and predictions for this game, favoring one side of the spread in over 50% of simulations. To see which team it is, visit SportsLine.

Summery :

– The Illinois Fighting Illini and Nebraska Cornhuskers are both seeking their first conference victories of the season.
– Both teams have identical 2-3 overall records and are 0-2 in conference play.
– Illinois has won the last three meetings between the teams and holds a 6-13-1 record in the all-time series.
– Illinois enters the game as 3-point favorites, with an over/under for total points scored set at 42.
– Illinois has allowed the most points among Big Ten teams this season, but Nebraska has struggled to score, being the only conference member yet to reach triple digits in points.
– Nebraska quarterback Heinrich Haarberg has been a bright spot, throwing for 199 yards against Michigan last week.
– Illinois wideout Isaiah Williams has caught a touchdown pass in each of the last two meetings with Nebraska and leads the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yards.
– Nebraska’s defense has been strong against the run, allowing an average of 86.8 rushing yards per game.
– SportsLine’s model is leaning towards the under on the total points scored and predicts that one side of the spread will hit in more than 50% of simulations.

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