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Corn Flakes: Nebraska Is Favored Against Illinois..... OR ARE THEY?

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David McGee

Nebraska opened up as a 7.5 favorite over Illinois... at least as far as betting lines go (note that link goes to ESPN), but according to ESPN's FPI (friggin' power index), Nebraska has a 49.3% chance of winning the game. Note that the FPI has us as underdogs to Wisconsin and Michigan State - not that there's anything shocking about that.

So... what you going to go with? Vegas odds, or whatever the hell these statistical guys think at ESPN?

Nebraska is dead last in pass defense, 128th out of 128 teams, giving up 379.5 yard per game. We are 124th in penalties, giving up 91.5 yards per game.

Good news?

We are seventh in rushing defense, allowing 73.5 yards per game, and 15th in rushing yards per carry. Those stats aren't bad, but who will bother running at our defense if they can shred us through the air?

I have noticed that most of the discussion on the articles here lately have centered around the coaching staff, as in, "Who are we going to hire next?".

Honestly, I don't understand why, four games into a new staff, this is even a point of discussion. No changes are going to be made as the season is going on, and running over the same old ground you've already trodden on... well, I don't get it. Perhaps that's the nature of who we are, or do we here at CornNation need to provide better football analysis than we've been doing?

Reviews And Such

Hey, Wha Happen: Penn State 37, San Diego State 21 - Black Shoe Diaries
Wondering about all of the things that happened in Penn State's third win of the year? Keep reading and you will read about many of those things!

Illinois 27, Middle Tennessee 25: Players of the Game - The Champaign Room
Two Illini freshmen were amongst the standouts from Saturday's victory.

College Football Rankings Week 5: Illinois still receiving Coaches Poll votes - The Champaign Room

As we head into the conference season, there still isn't a clear number one team in the country.

What if Danny Hope was Never Fired? - Hammer and Rails
Oh, you know we had to go there just because. Spoilers: Purdue would still suck.

Minnesota Football Injury Update: Things are getting really, really bad. - The Daily Gopher
Dark humor. All I've got left is dark humor.

Iowa 62--North Texas 16: Keep the Foot On the Gas - Off Tackle Empire
Iowa played their highest scoring game since 2002 (lol jNW) and looked very sharp in their last out-of-conference game before the B1G schedule begins.

Rutgers Football: Takeaways from a 27-14 win over Kansas - On the Banks
While Rutgers should have won by a wider margin, there was more good than bad and ugly.

College football coaches poll, week 4: Indiana is finally receiving votes - The Crimson Quarry
Your 4-0 Indiana Hoosiers are getting love from some Coaches poll voters ahead of their big game against Ohio State.

Michigan State Resides At No. 2 In Both Major Polls Entering Big Ten Play - The Only Colors
In light of Saturday's 30-10 victory over Central Michigan and a 4-0 nonconference record, Michigan State will enter Big Ten play next week against Purdue at No. 2 in both the AP and coaches' poll.

Hawaii vs. Wisconsin: 3 things we learned in Wisconsin's 28-0 win - Bucky's 5th Quarter
A look at what Wisconsin's final non-conference game of 2015 yielded.

Northwestern dances its way to 4-0 - Inside NU
As I stood outside the visitor's locker room last week in Durham, I knew there was a party going on inside that I clearly wasn't invited to.

Explosive plays made everything look better against Western Michigan - Land-Grant Holy Land
Ohio State's defense delivered another score and the offense was dead set on improving their explosive ability against Western Michigan.

College football rankings: Ohio State still No. 1 in AP, Coaches Polls, make history atop AP Top 25 - Land-Grant Holy Land
The Buckeyes remained atop both the AP and Coaches Polls today, and made a little history while doing so.

Week Four Game Balls: Everyone! - Maize n Brew
There are still some areas for improvement, but Saturday was perhaps the most complete game we've seen from the new regime...and it was impressive.

Texas Finally Comes Around To The Idea That Big 12 Refs Are Terrible - Wide Right & Natty Lite
WHAT?! WHO KNEW!

Phantom Calls From Corrupt Officiating Crew Buries Texas Longhorns - Barking Carnival
As if we needed more data points on leaving this backwater league.

Nebraska

Adam Carriker - I get the feeling #HuskerNation is very uneasy...

Jordan Westerkamp is a very good return man & our second biggest offensive weapon right now. He's like the Nebraska version of Wes Welker, except he has a better mustache.

Adam Carriker gives his thoughts on a weekly basis.

3 & Out: Southern Miss-Nebraska | Hail Varsity
Offering three final takeaways from the Southern Miss-Nebraska game.