When I first saw that Vegas likes the Nebraska Cornhuskers to win by a touchdown and a field goal over Illinois I was surprised. The line seems high given that these two teams had a very similar preconference.
Both the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Illinois Fighting Illini are 3-1, having beaten up on nobodies and gotten thoroughly out-played in their one loss to a ranked and formidable Pac-12 team. Both teams are obviously much stronger on the offensive side of the ball too.
So why is the line where it is? Because of the letter on the helmet, and the brand association that goes with it. These two teams aren’t that far apart in strength; but the programs are far apart in tradition.
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