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Wildcats take on Cornhuskers in Week 10 contest

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The Northwestern Wildcats had visions of contending for a spot in the Big Ten championship game this season. But after four weeks of conference play the 'Cats sill haven't won a conference game.

Coach Fitzgerald's troops go looking for that first conference victory when they visit Lincoln to take on the 5-2 Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday (3:30 pm ET, Big Ten Network).

Northwestern, 4-4 overall, has lost four games in a row, and six in a row ATS, after losing in overtime at Iowa last Saturday. Nebraska, meanwhile, just lost at Minnesota, and sits at 2-1 in conference play.

As of early this week the Cornhuskers were favored by seven points over the Wildcats. Northwestern is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road, while the Huskers own a solid ATS streak as a home team.

“A solid road streak runs head-on into a solid home streak in this battle of teams with ‘N’ on their helmets. But the Huskers will win 42-30 if our computer is right in Week 10,” said Jack Randall.

The Cornhuskers sit at 5-2 (4-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Wildcats are currently 4-4 (2-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Nebraska is 4-3 OU, and Northwestern is 3-5 OU.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Cornhuskers in this one found them as -7-point favorites at GTbets.eu. The over under number was 58.5 at Sportsbook.ag as of midweek.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 42-rated Wildcats taking on the No. 51-rated Cornhuskers in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 42-30 win for the Cornhuskers on Saturday.

Northwestern lost its last outing, a 17-10 result against Iowa on October 26. Northwestern failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 27 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Wildcats suffered a Week 9 loss against Iowa in their last game, falling 17-10 at Kinnick Stadium. Ameer Abdullah tore up the turf for 165 rushing yards in the latest Cornhuskers game, a 34-23 loss to the Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Nebraska's No. 16-ranked offense (39.86 PPG) against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 61 at 25.88 PPG. The Cornhuskers passing attack has averaged 195.86 yards per game, less than the Wildcats give up through the air (246.38 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Wildcats feature the league's No. 61-rated road run defense, allowing 170.33 yards per game. Nebraska, meanwhile, ranks No. 12 in rushing offense at home.

A few Wildcats at Cornhuskers trends to consider:
Northwestern is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games
Northwestern is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Northwestern is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
Northwestern is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Nebraska is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Nebraska is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Nebraska's last 9 games
Nebraska is 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Northwestern at Michigan, Saturday, November 16th
Nebraska at Michigan, Saturday, November 9th