Nebraska vS. Illinois Live stream. Football score predictions: Nebraska vs. Illinois, Charting The Nebraska Run Game vs. Northern Illinois
Despite squeaking out a win over Rutgers and being 1-0 in conference play, I’m still picking Illinois to beat Nebraska in this week’s upcoming Friday night matchup. While a lot of Husker fans might call a win a win, I’m not as easily convinced. NU was down at several points during last Saturday’s game and Rutgers’ penalties played a significant role in the Huskers’ win. Playing and coaching offensive line is relatively simple in theory, as most descriptions of the oft thankless position begin and end with “moving a defender from point A to point B against his will.” Clear and concise, although barely scratching the surface, this encapsulation underscores the complicated nature of offensive line play.
Even though Illinois is coming off a loss to the University of Southern Florida, they still compiled 371 yards of total offense against the Bulls. However, I don’t think that’s a huge concern because of the way Nebraska’s defense has been performing. The Blackshirts only gave up 200 yards of total offense to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday and seem to finally be clicking with Bob Diaco’s 3-4 scheme.
These are the baseline traits necessary to develop the ‘fat guys’ into a technically sound, intelligent, and nasty unit that sets the tone for the rest of the offense. All of these traits are based on focus and preparation and correlate into the ability to spearhead the running game and protect the passer, forming an offensive unit that destroys the hopes and dreams of defenses.