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September 14, Northern Illinois

Discussion in 'Nebraska Cornhuskers' started by HuskerinBig10, Jul 11, 2019 at 6:04 PM.

  1. HuskerinBig10

    HuskerinBig10 Dad, World Traveler, Investor, college football

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    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.