Three Thoughts on Nebraska + Wisconsin GIFs
If you only watched the Huskers against Illinois, you have the wrong impression. Also: a magnificent bird.
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Three Thoughts on Nebraska
One: This isn’t the team that lost to Illinois in Week Zero.
Nebraska picked a terrible time for a comical faceplant: the opening game of the season, a week before most teams started playing, on a national television spot with little competition for football fans, against Illinois. That image of the Huskers is implanted in everyone’s minds.
They’re playing a lot better, though the public hasn’t acknowledged it yet. While Nebraska is only 2-3, their last two losses have been competitive outings against Oklahoma and Michigan State, and they’ve beaten the spread in every game since the opener.
Based on the way their games have played out, they’ve also been unfortunate to lose three of them. The MSU game turned when NU’s punter hit a planned directional kick the wrong way, leading to one of the easiest return touchdowns you’ll ever see.
Nebraska is up to 22nd in SP+ (two spots in front of MSU) and 33rd in FEI. Michigan is favored by only three points. Vegas expects a competitive game.
Vegas is also likely assuming that the Huskers can’t possibly keep shooting themselves in the foot with this frequency, which may not be a safe bet given this team has given off, as Alex Cook said on our podcast, distinct Detroit Lions vibes.
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