The Northern Illinois Huskies (1-1) visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-2) at Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE) on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
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When is Nebraska vs. Northern Illinois and when does it start?
This contest between the Cornhuskers and Huskies will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2023. You should expect the kickoff at 7:00 PM ET.
Where to watch Nebraska vs. Northern Illinois
The Cornhuskers and Huskies will take to the gridiron at Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE) for this matchup on September 16, and if you want to see the event live, get your tickets now from Vivid Seats!
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Nebraska vs. Northern Illinois Game Preview
Nebraska Stats & Insights
The Cornhuskers head into the matchup after losing 36-14 to the Colorado Buffaloes in their last outing on September 9.
While Nebraska ranks 71st in total defense with 352.5 yards allowed per game, the team’s offensive unit has been slightly worse, ranking 15th-worst (318.0 yards per game).
The Cornhuskers rank sixth-worst in passing offense (116.5 passing yards per game) and 21st-worst in passing defense (296.0 passing yards per game allowed) this year.
Nebraska has the 33rd-ranked offense this year in terms of rushing yards (201.5 per game), and has been better defensively, ranking ninth-best with just 56.5 rushing yards allowed per game.
While the Cornhuskers’ defense ranks 73rd with 24.5 points allowed per game, they’ve been a little less successful on offense, ranking eighth-worst (12.0 points per game).
Northern Illinois Stats & Insights
The Cornhuskers enter this matchup after a 36-14 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes in their last outing.
Northern Illinois has been dominant on defense, surrendering just 266.5 total yards per contest (25th-best). On offense, it ranks 94th by piling up 349.0 total yards per game.
In terms of passing, the Huskies rank 69th in the FBS (234.5 passing yards per game) and 26th on the other side of the ball (158.0 passing yards allowed per game).
From an offensive angle, Northern Illinois is compiling 114.5 rushing yards per game (105th-ranked). It ranks 56th in the FBS on the other side of the ball (108.5 rushing yards allowed per game).
The Huskies rank 17th-worst in points per game (19.0), but they’ve been better on the other side of the ball, ranking 53rd in the FBS with 19.0 points allowed per contest.
Nebraska Key Players to Watch
Jeff Sims has thrown for 220 yards (110.0 ypg) to lead Nebraska, completing 58.8% of his passes and collecting one touchdown pass and four interceptions this season. He’s also run for 158 yards (79.0 ypg) on 29 carries with one rushing touchdown.
This season Gabe Ervin Jr. has racked up 24 carries for 129 yards (64.5 per game).
Billy Kemp’s 57 receiving yards (28.5 yards per game) lead the team. He has five receptions.
Alex Bullock has racked up 56 receiving yards (56.0 yards per game) and one touchdown, hauling in three passes this year.
Marcus Washington has hauled in four grabs for 44 yards (22.0 ypg) this season.
Northern Illinois Key Players to Watch
Rocky Lombardi leads Northern Illinois with 462 passing yards (231.0 ypg) on 36-of-67 passing with one touchdown compared to three interceptions this season.
The team’s top rusher, Antario Brown, has carried the ball 38 times for 112 yards (56.0 per game), with one touchdown this year.
This season Gavin Williams has racked up 71 yards (35.5 per game) on 17 attempts, while also grabbing five passes for 32 yards (16.0 per game).
Kacper Rutkiewicz’s 185 receiving yards (92.5 yards per game) pace all receivers on the team. He’s totaled 11 receptions and one touchdown.
Christian Carter has put up a 100-yard season so far (50.0 receiving yards per game), reeling in five passes.
Grayson Barnes’ three receptions have yielded 40 yards (20.0 ypg).