Week 9 of the college football season will feature a Big Ten matchup between Indiana and Nebraska in Lincoln. It’s a game with pretty high stakes for both teams, and the predictions seem to reflect it.
Nebraska is 4-3 and has lost two of its last three games. They return home this weekend following their bye but may not have the services of starting quarterback Adrian Martinez.
As for Indiana, at 5-2 they’ve matched their win total of the last two seasons under head coach Tom Allen. But with Penn State and Michigan still on the schedule, bowl eligibility is far from a given.
Ahead of the Nebraska-Indiana game, ESPN analyst Bill Connelly has given his prediction for the outcome.
Connelly projects that Indiana will pull off the win. He has them winning 34-26 as the road favorite.
💰🏈 WEEK 9 SP+ PICKS 🏈💰
* Brutus 31, Bucky 20
* OU 39, K-State 20
* LSU 34, Auburn 24
* PSU 29, Mich State 20 (I'd feel better about 19-10)
* Michigan 28, ND 24 😬
* Utah 34, Cal 11 (I'd feel better about 24-1)
* Oregon 35, Wazzu 26 pic.twitter.com/RDNHzqIw3M
— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) October 23, 2019
The Hoosiers head into the game as a 1.5-point road favorite against the Huskers.
But history favors the Huskers by a wide margin.
Though the two sides have played only sparingly throughout their long histories, Nebraska boasts a five-game winning streak against the Hoosiers dating back to 1975.
Indiana’s last win over Nebraska took place in 1959.
The two teams last played each other in Bloomington back in 2016. Nebraska came out with a 27-22 victory.
Tom Allen and the Hoosiers will undoubtedly be looking to return the favor by heading the Huskers in Lincoln.