Northwestern Wildcats (3-3) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-3)
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers 10/21/23 – As we approach the middle of the NCAAF season, the Northwestern Wildcats and the Nebraska Cornhuskers find themselves with identical records at 3-3. Scheduled for a clash on Saturday, October 21, both teams will be looking for an opportunity to pull ahead. Football fans and bettors alike are awaiting this game with bated breath, looking for the best value NCAAF free picks.
The Northwestern Wildcats have had a mixed season so far, and their key players reflect their performance on the field. Running back Cam Porter has been impressive with 299 rushing yards, averaging 4 yards per rush attempt, and has scored once. On the receiving front, Bryce Kirtz, with his 24 receptions for 327 yards, has managed to find the end zone on three occasions, marking him as a vital asset for the Wildcats.
On the other side, Nebraska Cornhuskers are also trying to find their rhythm. They will be leaning on Anthony Grant, who has tallied 280 rushing yards this season and found the end zone three times. Billy Kemp IV, the wide receiver, has also shown some promising signs with 20 receptions and 219 receiving yards this season, adding one touchdown to his tally.
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers 10/21/23 Game Info
|When:||Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 3:30 PM ET|
|Where:||Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium|
Ben Bryant QB vs. Heinrich Haarberg QB
Ben Bryant of Northwestern Wildcats has demonstrated an admirable skill set at quarterback throughout this season. Achieve a completion rate of 95 out of 161 attempts and amass 926 passing yards; with an average pass attempt average of 5.8 yards per attempt and six touchdowns under his belt. However, Bryant can be vulnerable under pressure having been sacked 15 times for losses of 103 yards; thus making his decision-making ability and skill in connecting with primary receivers during high pressure situations pivotal in determining game outcome.
On the Nebraska Cornhuskers side, Heinrich Haarberg has also delivered an outstanding performance. Although he had only 50 completions out of 96 attempts (50 out of 96) he amassed 631 passing yards; his average passer rating (6.6 yards per attempt) slightly edged Bryant out. Haarberg scored four touchdowns and was intercepted twice while being sacked nine times with 59 yard losses to demonstrate his ability to handle pressure in the pocket. Haarberg will face tough tests against Kentucky Wildcats’ formidable defense.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Nebraska Cornhuskers -425, Total Odds: 41
Given the Cornhuskers’ status as favorites with a moneyline of -425 and the 11.5 point spread, the betting community seems to lean towards Nebraska for the win. However, the total odds set at 41 with both over and under at nearly identical odds indicates a closely contested, potentially low-scoring game.
Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats’ recent performance may offer some insight for bettors. They are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games. Furthermore, the total has gone OVER in four of their last five games, pointing to some defensive vulnerabilities. Their 3-14 straight-up record in their last 17 games is concerning, especially coupled with their 0-13 record in road games.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Trends
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a total that has gone UNDER in 11 of their last 15 games. Their straight-up record stands at 4-8 over the past 12 games. At home, the total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 8, and they’ve been 1-5 against the spread when playing at home against the Wildcats.
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers 10/21/23 Betting Picks
Looking at the stats and trends, it’s evident that while both teams have had their challenges, the Cornhuskers seem to be the safer pick, especially playing at home. However, considering the Wildcats’ recent ATS record against Nebraska, they might cover the spread. For those considering over/under bets, the recent trends hint towards a potential UNDER. Expert premium picks would suggest taking Nebraska Cornhuskers for the win but Northwestern to cover the spread.
Free Pick and Prediction: Buffalo Bulls 27, Kent State Golden Flashes 20.