Beating Illinois (3-1) wouldn’t necessarily change much in terms of perception, but it would be a nice appetizer of a road win to start the Big Ten season.
Newby is going to be hard to stop come Saturday because of his ability to run and Armstrong’s ability to run and pass. This is going to make the Illini defense have to be on their toes the whole game. In the first two games, Illinois gave up three total points.
This is the first meeting between the Illini (3-1) and the Cornhuskers (2-2) in Champaign since 1986.
Throughout the first month of the season, there’s been an eerily similar feeling for the Huskers in every game. Why should it be any different on the road at Illinois?
Through four games in 2015 the Huskers have provided plenty of Rolaids-worthy moments, and created a lot of sour stomachs as fans search through the stat sheets. Nebraska’s punting game has been mediocre, but on just four punt returns, the production has been there averaging close to 14 yards per try – the explosion is there for the Huskers. The only game he didn’t have at least 95 yards receiving was against South Alabama in which they were blowing them out of the water and he didn’t need to play. During the overtime loss to Miami, Brad Kaaya torched the “Blackshirts” for 379 yards passing. Illinois has responded with its third consecutive 3-1 start, although it needed a missed 43-yard field-goal attempt from Middle Tennessee with eight seconds remaining last week to pull out a 27-25 home victory. He must be salivating at his chance to take on the Huskers’ defense on Saturday. The Minnesota at Northwestern game can be found here, the Michigan at Maryland game can be found hereand the Nebraska at Illinois game can be found here. There’s a week off before dealing with Wisconsin, so if the Illini can somehow go 2-1 over the next three games, they’re going to be right in the fun.
Let’s see if the Huskers can have a complete effort on both sides of the ball.