Illinois (3-1) vs. Nebraska (3-1) 12:00 pm 

Nebraska will open its 2013 Big 10 season against the upstart Illinois Fighting Illini. The Cornhuskers have had two weeks to prepare for this game and will be looking to erase memories of their 41-21 loss at the hands of UCLA earlier in the year. The Conrhuskers are coming off a 59-20 victory at home against South Dakota State. This will be the fifth home game in 6 weeks for Nebraska (bye week). The Conrhuskers are averaging 43.3 points per game and will be looking to test a young Illini secondary. 

Illinois is 3-1 and can build off of the momentum gained in last week's 50-14 home victory over MAC opponent Miami (OH). The Illini have been averaging 40.3 points per game and will be looking to establish the tempo early against a suspect Cornhusker defense. The Illini will be looking get their play makers involved early and often on Saturday.

Key Stats:

-Illinois has a very good quarterback in Nathan Scheelhasse. He is completing 67.2 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on the season. 

-Illinois is averaging 307.5 passing yards per game (19th in nation).

-Illinois averaging 171 rushing yards per game (65th in nation).

-Illinois defense is giving up 24.8 points per game. 

-Illinois is a -1 in turnover margin.

-Illinois defense has been average against the run giving 160.5 rushing yards per game. 

-Illinois giving up 271.5 passing yards per game. 

-Illinois has not been able to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks-they have only 4 sacks this year. 

-Nebraska is 85th in the nation in passing offense (215.5 per game). 

-Nebraska is 14th in the country in rushing offense with 280.8 rushing yards per game. -

-Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah is very underrated with 6.3 yards per carry and 3 touchdowns. 

-Nebraska OL playing very well only giving up 2 sacks in 4 games. 

-Nebraska defense is yielding 27 points per game is 75th in nation in points against. 

-Nebraska giving up 179.5 rushing yards per game. 

-Nebraska secondary will be tested by Illinois and they are giving up 284.3 passing yards per game. 

-Nebraska has committed 28 penalties through 4 games (7 per game). 

Check back for the prediction on Thursday!!!

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