Huskers against. Illini,
Mike: Once again, it’s time for the worst college football prediction thread ever…and this year, we’re off to a fast start with a week zero game that was scheduled to take place in Ireland.
Jill exclaims, “Wooo!” Football! We’ll find out a week sooner than usual if our optimism is warranted, or whether we’re in for another soul-crushing season of putting our heads in our hands and questioning why we picked this club.
Week 1 Predictions
Patrick: This week will either decide Nebraska’s whole season or will just get us to the Oklahoma game. On Saturday at 12 p.m., we’ll find out!
Nate M: I’m knocked down, but I always get back up.
You’ll never be able to hold me down.
I’m knocked down, but I get back up.
Andy K.: All right, you knuckleheads! Let’s get this party started.
And, please, you’re either in or out.
If you’re one of the new generations of giddy, uncommitted social Husker fans that starts sarcastically snarking the guys in RED the minute anything goes wrong, keep your away.
So Mean Green pepper spray blinds from a distance of up to 15 feet and will color you green for weeks, making you look like the low-down sunny Husker patriot you are. You’ve been warned.
We don’t need people like you in Nebraska. Now it’s time for the selections.
UCLA (+18) vs. Hawai’i
Mike: Last season, UCLA finished 3-4, with four defeats by a combined 15 points.
Aloha no Rainbow Warriors, they have almost everyone returning from the previous season.
UCLA leads Hawai’i by a score of 51 to 24.
Jill: Outside of South Dakota State, I watched college football last season out of duty (sorry Huskers, it’s true and you know why).
That means I didn’t stay up to see any of the WAC or #PAC12AfterDark.
As a result, I’m going to steal Mike’s response and make minor changes so he doesn’t notice (don’t tell my pupils).
Hawai’i 19 UCLA 44
Patrick: This game should actually start around 11:00 p.m. CST.
So The University of California, and Los Angeles (UCLA) is ranked 42nd in the country.
The University of Hawaii has a score of nine.
Nate M: I’ve been pissing all night. I’ve been pissing all night. UCLA by a factor of 25.
Jon: I’m concerned about Nate M’s mental well-being. UCLA football is something I’m looking forward to seeing. Hawaii 17, UCLA 34
Andy: Nate’s mental health is in good shape.
What will get us through this wonderful season is unhinged, semi-armed, a little defensive, and a little contaminated.
There will be…mistakes, be sure. Perhaps it was an accident.
It’s all right.
The greatest tales include a scar or two, as well as a run-in with the local cops. Gauze, peroxide, and perhaps a stitch or two are all possibilities.
Oh, and I just finished watching Hawaii’s 2020 schedule, which concluded 4-4. That door isn’t going to let Colt Brennan in.
UCLA defeats Hawaii by a score of 38 to 15, including two brawls.
Illinois (-7) at Nebraska
Mike: Since Stanley Morgan left for the NFL, Scott Frost’s offence hasn’t been the same.
Are you familiar with Morgan, Nebraska’s lone 1,000-yard receiver?
So the Huskers haven’t had a receiver like Morgan in the past two years, and it’s thrown the offense off.
The greatest issue I’ve noticed with the offence is that there hasn’t been a reliable downfield option.
The rest of the issues were just symptoms.
Interceptions due to quarterbacks’ inability to locate a receiver.
Because the quarterback scrambles (or because running the ball is our most consistent offensive play), he fumbles.
As a result, the new receiver room is now visible.
Hello, 6’3″ Samori Toure and 6’4″ Omar Manning, and goodbye, 5’10” Wan’Dale Robinson.
Oh, and there’s a 6’2″ Zavier Betts who knows what he’s doing in this scheme.
Maybe it’s because I’m all wet, or because I’m high on Cobby’s elixir, but I’m ready to believe that Frost’s attack has some reliable alternatives other than the quarterback run.
Luke McCaffrey ran the ball 26 times and threw the ball 26 times… with four mistakes… before eventually being removed in a terrible defeat against Illinois last year.
This year, though, is different since Nebraska’s quarterback will be supported by superior weapons in 2021. The Huskers defeated the Illini by a score of 45 to 24.
Jill: I feel compelled to make two predictions: one that I want and one that I am ready myself to accept. Let’s get started…
Scenario 1: Nebraska has made significant strides in terms of discipline and detail. It’s not ideal, but it cuts down on penalties and keeps the Huskers from turning the ball over.
While no receiver has emerged yet, the increased depth is obviously a benefit in keeping the chains going.
Austin Allen, who is still tall (drink), snags one out of the air in the end zone that no one else on the field could have caught.