Nebraska vs. Northwestern: Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel, Prediction, Pick, Spread, Football Match Odds
Ireland is known for four things: bogs, leprechauns, Guinness beer (but not necessarily in that order) and Big Ten football. On Saturday, the Emerald Isle’s passion for American football will be on full display to the world as the 2022 college football season begins with a game at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium between Nebraska and North West.
Both teams are coming out of seasons they would like to forget. Nebraska went 3-9 last season, but the silver lining is that many consider the Cornhuskers team to be the greatest three-win team in history. The Huskers went 1-8 in the Big Ten game while scoring as many points (239) as they allowed. A big reason they pulled off this semi-impressive feat was due to a 56-7 win over Northwestern. However, it marked Nebraska’s last win, with Scott Frost’s team losing six straight games to end the year.
Unfortunately for Northwestern, that loss was one of many weak points for a team that also lost its final six games of the season. In other words, both teams hope to wipe the slate clean and start fresh in 2022.
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Nebraska vs. Northwestern: What You Need to Know
Nebraska will be different on offense: With Scott Frost entering the 2022 season in one of the hottest seats in the country, he’s made changes to the offense. Longtime QB Adrian Martinez has moved to Kansas State, and in his place is Texas transfer Casey Thompson. Mark Whipple will call the plays, and if that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Whipple was the offensive coordinator at Pitt last season. Whipple helped turn Kenny Pickett into a Heisman runner-up, Jordan Addison into a Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver and was a big reason the Panthers won the ACC. Frost hopes Whipple can do for his Nebraska team what he did for Pitt. Although winning the Big Ten is probably too much to ask, a game of bowls would be nice and easier to pull off.
Northwestern must recover on defense: Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern program has never been immune to ups and downs, but what stands out from last year’s disappointing campaign was the lackluster defense performance. Longtime defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz retired after the 2020 season and was replaced by Jim O’Neil, who inherited a young defense. The results were not good. After allowing just 15.9 ppg en route to a division title in 2020, the Wildcats allowed 29.0 ppg last season while lacking the offense to make up for that deficit. They’re unlikely to have an offense capable of scoring 30 points per game in 2022 either, so the defense needs to improve if they’re going to have any prospect of returning to a bowling game.
Lucky number 7: This will be the seventh college football match played in Ireland. Nebraska was supposed to open the 2021 season against Illinois in Ireland, but plans changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Cornhuskers started 2021 with a loss to the Illini in Champaign. This year’s “catch-up” game will be the first game in Irish college football since the 2016 season, when Georgia Tech beat Boston College 17-14. The first game in Ireland was at Lansdowne Road in Dublin, where Boston College beat Army 38-24 in 1988. Notre Dame and Navy are the only other programs to play two games in Ireland, and both will play their third game next August when they open the season against each other in the Emerald Isle (the first two meetings were in 1996 and 2012).
How to watch Nebraska vs. Northwestern live
Date: Saturday August 27 | Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Aviva Stadium — Dublin, Ireland
TV: Fox | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
Prediction Nebraska vs Northwestern, picks
If I bet on the spread, I take Northwestern and the points – but not because I have so much faith in the Wildcats. It’s that I don’t have much confidence in the fact that there are many points scored in this match. Nebraska has made plenty of changes on the offensive end of the ball, and chances are the Huskers will be on a limited playbook in the first game of the season. I also expect the North West defense to improve as it is part of the program’s DNA. Even if that’s not the case, and the Nebraska offense is firing full throttle, we can still rely on the Northwestern offense not to do too much damage. Less is better. Prediction: Under 49.5
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