Nebraska vs Illinois match will open the 2021 NCAAF season on Saturday. During the offseason, Nebraska faced several challenges. As a result, its athletic director is scrambling from a PR perspective.
Trev Alberts, Cornhusker’s athletic director, said that the NCAA violations predated his hire. Also, he was made known of the issues after he signed the contract. According to sportsbook pay per head reports, Nebraska is last in the 2022 Big Ten recruiting ranking.
On the other hand, Illinois has a new coach. According to software for sports betting experts, Bret Bielema has experience coaching in the Big Ten. He wants to establish a physical type of play through trench play.
Free Football Pick
Game: Nebraska vs Illinois
When: 1 PM ET, August 28, 2021
Where: Memorial Stadium, Illinois
Current Line: Nebraska -270 Illinois +220 Totals: 55
TV Coverage: Fox
Nebraska vs Illinois Betting Pick
The Cornhuskers have two different stories between their defense and offense. QB Adrian Martinez leads the offense. Also, he can create highlight reels for each game. The team is also looking for a replacement for several offensive linemen and Wan’Dale Robinson, who transferred to Kentucky during the offseason.
On the other hand, Nebraska’s defense is among the top teams in the Big Ten. Although they lost two tacklers, the remaining defensive roster has a TARP ranking of 89 percent.
Illinois’ new coach is quiet regarding his starting roster. The only confirmed member is quarterback Brandon Peters. Also, Tony Petersen, the new offensive coordinator, will mold the offensive lineup with a rushing strategy. Likewise, Bielema opts for physical and big players in the trench.
Nebraska at Illinois Free Pick
Our free sports betting picks for the game will be Under 55. However, Nebraska’s defense and the status of the offense of both teams will result in lower scores.
NCAAF Free Pick: Under 55