It’s a chilly, windy day in Lincoln as Nebraska and Illinois are set for early Big Ten action.
The Huskers and Illini will meet for the first time as conference foes. Huskers hold a 7-2-1 series lead, including a 59-14 win in Campaign. That last meeting was in 1986.
The last time these two teams played in Lincoln was in 1924… Illinois won that game 9-6.
It’s safe to say the Huskers and Illini are strangers, and there will not be a 9-6 final. However, the Blackshirts should get very familiar with quarterback Nate Scheelhaase. The play maker has helped lead a resurgent Illinois team to a 3-1 record on the season, behind 1,162 passing yards and 12 touchdowns.
Defense needs to be ready. The Huskers face a very threatening offense, lead Scheelhaase and company. Mistakes the last four games – and a loss to UCLA – have fans hopeful of an iron-out during the bye week. Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste is hopeful of a big day on the field. An interception will extend his streak of five games in a row.
Offensively, redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. gets the start for the Huskers. It was announced earlier in the week that senior Taylor Martinez is still recovering from tuft toe. Armstrong is likely to share snaps with Ron Kellogg III. The duo will need the support of a solid running back tandem (Ameer Abdullah, Amani Cross) to break through an Illinois defense that has struggled this season.
Huskers and Fighting Illini kick off at 11:00 am today. As always, nebraskaradionetwork.com will have post-game audio and reaction following the game from Lincoln.