Nebraska’s 2-3 with two of those losses coming in one-score games to top-20 teams. Northwestern is 2-2. The Wildcats handled Indiana State and Ohio with ease, but got punched in the mouth out of the gates against their two Power Five foes, Michigan State and Duke.
The past decade would suggest a close game most of the time the dueling NUs get together––eight of 10 games since 2011 have been decided by eight points or less––and the Huskers opened as a one-score favorite on the opening line. But that line has continued to climb throughout the week. It’s closer to two touchdowns than one right now.
Why? It could be a matter of what you see when you look at Nebraska. The Huskers are limited offensively in at least one key regard and special teams have cost them an alarming number of points, both real and expected, so far.
Are those current failings fixable or a fatal flaw for 2021? We get into that and take a close look at what to expected from Northwestern in the latest episode of the I-80 Preview.
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.