Illinois at Nebraska (15) promises to be an exciting match up. U of I got off to a hot start but suffered tough, tough losses to North Carolina then vastly underrated Western Michigan. Not exactly firing on all pistons but this Illini squad has been real bad, real long. Years of recruiting no talent certainly catch up with you at some point. In spite of that, Lovie Smith has the world’s biggest chip on his shoulder and is out there re-defining the culture of the football program in Champaign.

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That said, I don’t think Big Red will keep this one close. They’re getting into the meat of their conference schedule and want to continue to build on their success. A big win against Illinois, then Indiana and Purdue could help the Huskers break into the top 10, especially with multiple top 10 match ups this week. I don’t want to set the cart before the horse but these are exciting times indeed. Vegas has them as 21 point favorites and I never go against Vegas. Big Red rolls on.

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