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Five Reasons Nebraska Will Lose: Northern Illinois

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NCAA Football: Northern Illinois at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

From the moment the second half started against Colorado I knew my prediction was going to come true. Nebraska played not to lose and it cost them the game. The play-calling in the second half was atrocious, but we’re not here to talk about Colorado. We’re here to talk about why Nebraska is going to lose this week.

Adrian Martinez Will Look Scared Again

Unless Martinez decides to make decisions quick like he did last year, it will be the same thing as the first two games. For whatever reason, Martinez doesn’t trust himself to make throws this year, and his internal clock to scramble is off.

The Offensive Line Looks Lost

Can the offensive line start getting a good push up front? Can they protect Adrian Martinez this game? The answer to both of these questions is no. A team improves the most from week one to week two, and there was hardly any improvement on the line against Colorado.

The Play Calls Will be Awful Again

Keep doing the same thing over again and expecting other results is insanity. Just like the Northwestern game last season, the play calls were bad. It was almost like the coaches were coaching not to lose from the start of the second half.

Nebraska Won’t Finish

Colorado had 258 total yards in the fourth quarter. Again, the play-calling was awful, but where was the defense. This is the same thing we all saw in the first game against South Alabama. The defense let the Jaguars inch back into the game. Nebraska won, but only by 14.

Northern Illinois Beat Nebraska in Lincoln in 2017

Until Nebraska proves they can beat a Mid-American team I’m not buying that they can. Sure, they’ve beat them in the past, but this is a new era of Husker football. Scott Frost is still trying to develop MIKE RILEY’S players.

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