Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini: Complete Game Preview

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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini: Complete Game Preview
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Not many Nebraska fans put much stock in the Homecoming game versus Illinois. That is until the Fighting Illini beat Miami (Ohio) with a final score of 50-14.

It is a secret to no one at this point that the Huskers are having some defensive struggles. However, head coach Bo Pelini assured Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star that he will fix the issues.

Regardless, Saturday's matchup has become one to watch. With Nebraska still reeling from the loss to UCLA, conference play is the time to get back on track.

This is the first time Illinois has traveled to Lincoln, Neb. since 1985. Nebraska leads the all-time series by a 7-2-1 margin (the Illini's two wins came in 1923 and 1924). The Huskers also hold a 5-1 lead in games played at Memorial Stadium.

Both teams enter Saturday's matchup with a 3-1 record with the only losses coming at the hands of Pac-12 teams. This is truly the first test for both programs.

Who will walk away victorious?

 

Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

When: Saturday, Oct. 5, at 12 p.m. EST

Watch: ESPNU

Listen: Husker Sports Network

Betting Line: Nebraska (-10.5)

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