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Initial Betting Line Released For Nebraska-Indiana

nebraska head coach scott frost before a game

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches warm ups before the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Following a frustrating 34-7 blowout loss to Minnesota last week, the Huskers had Week 8 off to regroup. They return to action in Week 9 as they host the seemingly-ascending Indiana Hoosiers.

In a rather strange twist, though, it would appear that the sports books are actually more impressed with the visiting Hoosiers than the Cornhuskers.

According to Circa Sports via Brendan Stiles, Indiana is opening as a two-point favorite against Nebraska.

Despite the Huskers' recent form, such a spread is unusual considering that Indiana hasn't beaten Nebraska since 1959.

Nebraska is currently 4-3 and essentially out of the running for the Big Ten West. But in their past three games, the Huskers have scored a combined 27 points against Ohio State, Northwestern, and Minnesota.

Indiana, meanwhile, is 5-2 - matching their win total of the previous two years - and needs only one win to secure their first bowl bid since 2016. Despite relatively weak competition, Indiana's offense has scored at least 31 points against everyone but Ohio State.

But this will still be only the third game Indiana has played all season in a hostile environment.

If there was ever a game for Nebraska to reassert that they can beat a decent Big Ten team, this would be the one.