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Five Reasons Nebraska Will Win: Northern Illinois

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The Huskers are going to dominate the Huskies on Saturday.

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Well, it turns out I was wrong last week. I’m unsure of what to do, as that’s the first time that’s ever happened to me.

Please don’t tell my husband. He would be devastated.

There is a first time for everything. Don’t worry though, me being wrong is not something that’s going to repeat itself. We are moving on to bigger and better things, namely Northern Illinois.

The Huskers are more focused and determined than ever. They are going to win big this week and these are your reasons why.

#1 LAST WEEK WE GOT A GLIMPSE OF THE OFFENSE WE REALLY HAVE

After the South Alabama game, many fans were concerned about the lack of offense. In the Colorado game the offense showed us that they can put up the numbers that they did last year.

Adrian Martinez accounted for 356 yards of total offense last week. The Colorado game marks his eighth game out of thirteen that he has had over 300 yards.

Maurice Washington showed he is there to make the big plays. He delivered nearly 200 yards of total offense himself. Including a 77 yard reception in which he sprinted past the Colorado defenders for the last 50.

The snaps at center were much improved from game one. The offense was able to get into a rhythm early in the game and it helped set the tone for the first half.

And of course we’ve got JD Spielman.

And there’s Maurice Washington

The offense teased us with the offense that they can be and we are only going to see more as the season progresses. This offense is sure to deliver on Saturday.

#2 THE HUSKERS ARE READY TO PUT TOGETHER A FULL GAME ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL

Last week everyone was on the edge of their seats to see if the offense would deliver or if they would fall flat. The first half of the Colorado game gave fans a relief, as we saw the fast paced offense from last season. And then the second half happened.

The defense did a great job in the first game against South Alabama. They had three strong quarters against Colorado before they seemed to fall apart. They did hold Colorado reciever Laviska Shenault Jr. to just 31 yards. Last year he had 177. This is thanks in large part to Dicaprio Bootle sticking with him.

This week we are going to see our offense come together for a full game. They will be aggressive and play at the fast pace that we are used to for four quarters.

The defense is going to play tough against the Huskies’ strong offense. Nebraska is currently ranked 2nd in the nation in takeaways. We are in for a few more interceptions against this Northern Illinois team that likes to pass. Lamar Jackson is going to continue his interception streak. Dicaprio Bootle and Cam Taylor-Britt can add a couple more.

Nebraska is a going to be hitting on all cylinders on both sides of the ball.

#3 IT’S A NIGHT GAME AT HOME

Nebraska has had a solid showing for night games in Memorial Stadium. They are 46-7 all time for night games at home. In fact they have won 20 of their last 22 night games in Lincoln, both of those in the 2017 season. 33 of those games were won by more than 13 points.

Last year the Huskers had no night games at Memorial Stadium. The opening game vs. Akron was supposed to be a night game, but we all know what happened there.

Nebraska is going to continue on this tradition on Saturday. The stadium is going to be rocking with a sold out crowd that is pumped up and ready to see Husker dominance.

The players are going to be revved up and ready to play hard.

We are in for a show under the Saturday Night Lights.

#4 THE COACHES ARE LEARNING TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE

When I was about twelve years old my uncle, decided he was going to teach me a little about Nebraska Football.

He told me, “I’m going to show you how Tommy Frazier throws a football.” Then he threw the ball to me and hit me right in the face.

His response was, “Oh never mind, that’s how Scott Frost does it.”

I cried for a bit and then whined to my parents and to him for the next twenty years.

Now you may be wondering what this has to do with anything? Well, I learned a couple things from this:

1. Don’t play catch with my uncle.

2. When a football is flying at your face, be more aggressive and catch it.

The Colorado game was a “Pass To The Face” for the Nebraska coaching staff. They were a little too conservative when we needed the points the most. It didn’t pay off.

The loss hurt and they may have been in shock afterwards, but now they’ve learned to be more aggressive. They are going to call the plays to win us the game.

#5 DEDRICK MILLS AND KANAWAI NOA ARE GOING TO HAVE BREAKOUT GAMES

We heard a lot about both Dedrick Mills and Kanawai Noa during the summer and in fall camp. The coaches were singing their praises. Many fans were looking forward to seeing what they could do on the field. We are two games in and we haven’t seen much.

That’s all going to change on Saturday. Mills is going to bust through some tackles and get the yards to help us win the game. He’s going to show us that he is the tough, Devine Ozigbo like running back that Nebraska longs to have.

Noa is going to have a breakout game and show us more depth in wide receiver. The Huskies’ defense is going to have to try to adjust to Nebraska having weapons in both Noa and Spielman.

With both of these players as added options to the Husker offense, there is no way the Huskers lose on Saturday.