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There’s a number of reasons to be worried about Nebraska’s game against Northwestern if you come to the game wearing red. NU is coming off an emotional high and is facing two tough road games and a newly-christened trophy game following Northwestern.
The Purples are 3-5, with only one conference win to show for the 2011 season (and that’s against lowly Indiana). The scenario is set perfectly for a trap game, and becomes even more dangerous with Northwestern’s offense posing the type of attack that has given Nebraska fits.
Having said that, Nebraska is also a really bad matchup for Northwestern. Even against middling offenses, the Purples have given up ridiculous amounts of yards and points. Indiana—1-8 Indiana, for cryin’ out loud!—scored 38 points and put up 488 yards on the Purples’ defense.
And Nebraska’s new-found identity of power running and wearing an opposing defense out would seem to be perfectly suited to attack a less deep and less athletic team like Northwestern. If NU can wear out Michigan State in the fourth quarter, then what will they do to Northwestern?
The 18-point spread is way too generous to lay against an offense like Northwestern, so the Purples are a pretty good investment with the points. But unless Nebraska coughs the ball up and keeps Northwestern in the game, NU should have more than enough to pull away and avoid the trap.
Fearless Forecast: Nebraska 45, Northwestern 31
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