NE­BRASKA over No Illi­nois by 7

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Our 3* Best Bet on Ore­gon last week looked down­right golden af­ter Wil­lie Tag­gart’s new squad laid a 42-14 half­time husk-whip­ping on this Ne­braska team. But The Shuck­ers of the Corn launched a 21-0 2nd half come­back and the Ducks blew the cover, win­ning by only 7. Still, don’t over­rate Ne­braska for per­form­ing well af­ter Ore­gon de­cided the game was in hand: the 566361 yardage deficit for Mike Ri­ley’s boys tells a truer tale than the fi­nal score. Still, North­ern Illi­nois may not cap­ture the full at­ten­tion of the Silk with next week’s Big Ten opener on deck – and that would be a mis­take, as the Huskies sport a mark ver­sus the Big Ten over the last 17 years, in­clud­ing a sparkling mark fol­low­ing a win. NIU’s road record of

in their last 34 road games ce­ments it. Take the points with the Huskies over the Huskers.

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