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Nebraska Football: Five Reasons The Huskers Lose To Northern Illinois

Can Huskers actually lose to Huskies? Well.....

NCAA Football: Buffalo at Northern Illinois Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing makes you want to stop writing a weekly “why we will lose” article as much as losing. Even for a guy like me who loves to being right. On the other hand, every time we lose a game, the reasons we might lose another become more obvious. And so, once again I must tell you why......


  1. Nebraska still hasn’t figured out how to stop the spread offense- Through the first six quarters of the season we gave ups somewhere around 32,000 yards. Yes, the second half against Oregon was promising, but the Ducks may have just been sitting on their lead. Now for the third week in a row we face a fast paced spread attack. If we haven’t figured it out, it could be bad.
  2. Tre Bryant is even better than we thought- Coming into the season, any one of our three returning halfbacks could have taken the lead job and no one would have been surprised. After the first game though, it became obvious that Tre was the man. If he can’t play a lot of pressure falls on the other guys. Can Wilbon block anyone? Is Ozigbo so deep in the dog house that we can’t get him out? Is Jaylin Bradley burning his red shirt a good sign or a bad sign? We’re about to find out.
  3. Tanner Lee loves practice more than games- By all accounts Lee is the best passer we’ve had behind center in a long time (maybe ever). But most of that evidence is based on the past two seasons of watching him practice. The game results have been a little more mixed, especially last week. The luster fades even more with a poor performance this week.
  4. Big game after-effects- We’ve had the home opener and a big out of conference match up in an exciting venue. What’s left to get pumped about? With the conference schedule still a week away this game is kind of bla. If we overlook the Huskies out of lack of interest we could get popped in the face. I don’t see this as likely, but weirder things have happened.
  5. NIU plays two quarterbacks all the time and we keep tackling the one who doesn’t have the ball- I indicated that losing last week might make writing this weeks “5 reasons we lose” easier. I might have been wrong. And if this turns out to be the reason we lose, Corn Nation might have to find someone else to write these.