Nebraska wins 30-14 Players to Watch DL Jack Heflin DL Matt Lorbeck DL Weston kramer LB Antonio Jones-Davis LB Kyle Pugh S Mykelti Williams RB Marcus Jones WR Spencer Tears TE Mitchell Brinkman OL Jordan Steckler Obviously, their defense is pretty good for a MAC team. Position Comparisons OL Nebraska - barely QB Nebraska RB Northern Illinois - NIU has proven running backs TE Nebraska WR Nebraska DL tie - NIU lost a consensus all american, usually a big hole to fill. LB tie - good for MAC play, but could not handle Iowa, Utah, and FSU in 2018 CB Nebraska Safeties tie Kicking game - Nebraska, NIU will have a new one Punting - tie Hopefully, Nebraska has figured out who the starting RB is by this game. On September 16, 2017, Northern Illinois beat Nebraska 21-17. Mohammed Barry remembers. All the seniors on Nebraska remember. In order for Nebraska to be the Illinois State Champions they need to beat Northern Illinois, Illinois, and Northwestern. NIU went 8-6 and 5-3 in MAC play. in 2018 NIU lost to Iowa and Utah and barely scored against both of them. Went into double digit scoring against a bad FSU team and lost the game. NIU was the Conference Champion and beat Buffalo fo the crown. NIU was stomped in the Boca Raton Bowl by UAB the MAC went 1-5 in bowl games in 2018. The second game in a row the Nebraska opponent has a first year coach, Thomas Hammock. Also, new coordinators. Which means, new systems. Thomas Hammock played RB at Northern Illinois and coached for Baltimore Ravens. NIU has a grad transfer QB from California. If Childers has problems in the new system, Nebraska might see the Grad Transfer. With their returning running backs, I expect a run first type of team, run to set up the pass. Hopefully, the Daniels and Davises can stuff them. NIU will be coming off of a road game AT UTAH. Nebraska off of a road game at dirty playing Colorado. NIU will also go on the road two weeks later to play Vanderbilt. NIU has capable running backs, a capable QB, and capable receivers. Not world beaters though. Nebraska cannot take this team for granted. They should remember 2017. Nebraska won't be looking ahead to Illinois either.