ESPN’s FPI is predicting the Week 6 slate of college football, including a B1G West showdown between Nebraska and Illinois in Champaign. The two sides have met 10 times since 2013, and while the series has been dominated by the Huskers, Illinois is on a winning streak.

Illinois has won the last 3 head-to-head meetings with Nebraska, including 2 straight for Bret Bielema since arriving in Champaign. Nebraska still leads the all-time series 13-6-1, and the Huskers are 6-4 against the Illini since joining the B1G.

This season, the FPI is riding with the Illini at home, giving Illinois a 61.1% chance of winning the game. Illinois is also -3.5 heading into the game, and any fans looking to get in on the action can head to BetMGM to get started.


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A season ago, it was a dominant Chase Brown performance and a Tommy Devito outing that included the QB completing 20-of-22 passes as Illinois rolled to a win. However, those players are no longer with the program, and the Illini could also be without Reggie Love III after he missed the Purdue game.

Both teams also have their share of struggles this season after Nebraska and Illinois were both blown out by Michigan and Purdue, respectively, in Week 5. Both teams are also struggling to hold onto the ball this season.

Luke Altmyer has shown some flashes with the Illini but is also responsible for 7 interceptions in the first 5 games of the season. Meanwhile, Nebraska is averaging 2 turnovers per game as an offense with 5 interceptions between Jeff Sims and Heinrich Haarberg.

Some good news for the Friday night matchup is that Bielema gave the all-clear for Memorial Stadium after a Tuesday night fire required emergency personnel. With the game set to proceed as normal, Friday’s kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on FS1.