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ESPN's Early Prediction For Nebraska-Illinois Game

Adrian Martinez throws a pass for Nebraska.

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Nebraska football hasn't had the start to the season it was hoping for. With coach Scott Frost at the helm for his second year, expectations are high.

But a disastrous Week 2 loss to Colorado wasn't a part of the plan. Not mention the Buffaloes lost to Air Force the following week.

Still, the Cornhuskers are 2-1 heading into conference play. All is not lost for Frost and his team. A road game versus Illinois on Saturday kicks off Nebraska's Big Ten slate. A big win would go a long way before the Cornhuskers head back home for a pivotal game versus No. 6 Ohio State.

Heading into the Nebraska-Illinois contest, ESPN's Matchup Predictor has determined a projected outcome for the game. The Matchup Predictor gives the Cornhuskers a 74.1% chance to win. Certainly a high percentage. But it makes sense.

Illinois suffered an embarrassing 34-31 loss to Eastern Michigan this past Saturday. The week prior, the Fighting Illini pulled off a close win over UConn — a game which shouldn't have been close in the first place. It's safe to say this won't be a fun season for Illinois fans.

Nebraska, on the other hand, struggles with inconsistency. One week, the Cornhuskers look like a legitimate Big Ten contender. The next, they struggle against an inferior team. What will they look like on Saturday against Illinois?

Nebraska and Illinois kicks off at 8 PM ET on Big Ten Network.