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Cale's Corner

Illini vs Huskers Pregame

The Fighting Illini are on the road in Lincoln Nebraska this morning to take on the Huskers in a Week 5 matchup. For the first time since the 45-7 week 1 loss to Wisconsin, the starting QB for the Illini is healthy in Brandon Peters, and it has been confirmed that he will be the starter for today's game. Peters this season only has 8 completions for 87 yards. I know that is only one game, but those numbers are still shocking as he is a second-year QB with a lot of weapons to pick from. 


Nebraska comes into the contest with a 1-2 overall record, with their lone win coming against Penn State last week, 30-23. In this week’s newscasts on WPXN, Illini Head Coach told the media that a point of emphasis on defense will be containing the two Huskers QBs in Martinez and McCaffrey. McCaffery tallied 217 total yards of offense last week in the win against Penn State, and Martinez has torched the Illini in his two games throwing for 618 yards and 6 touchdowns. Not only will the offense for the Illini have to be in peak form, but the defense will also have to be their best as well. The last two meetings between the Huskers and the Illini have been offensive shootouts, with the Huskers averaging 42 points against the Illini. 


Keys to the game: 


  • Establish the run game

    • The Illini have started every game in a 14 point deficit, not allowing the run game to take having to opt for the aerial attack. Get the run game established early for a balanced attack. 

  • Peters Consistency 

    • The last start Peters has this season, he could not get an offensive rhythm established, with Williams coming in to run the wildcat offense. Let Peters establish drives before running the wildcat. 

  • Pressure the QB 

    • Whether the starting QB would be McCaffrey or Martinez, the defensive front has to get pressure on the QB and not let Nebraksas QB’s get comfortable in the pocket. 


Todays Weather: 


Sunny, 43, 8 mph wind. 


Illini Out at Nebraska: 


LB- Eifler 

TE- Imatorbhebhe

RB- Norwood 

OL- Palcewski 

DL- Randoph 

QB- Robinson

WR- Sidney


Illini Available against Nebraska:


DL- Avery 

DB- Marchese 

DL- Mondesir

TE- Moore 




Be sure to follow along on Twitter, @calefleming10, and @1049wpxn for live stats, the live blog, the halftime update, and the postgame report.


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