Indiana Hoosiers vs. Nebraska Huskers football: Keys to victory, score predictions
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Indiana vs. Nebraska: Keys to victory, HOL score predictions

Nebraska and Indiana will meet for just the second time ever in NU's nine-year Big Ten history. It will be Indiana's first trip to Memorial Stadium since 1977 when current ESPN College GameDay analyst Lee Corso was coaching the Hoosiers.

As things get closer to kickoff, here are today's keys to victory for Nebraska vs. Indiana.

The Huskers are currently a 2.5 point favorite over the Hoosiers for Saturday's 2:30 pm CST game that can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

Indiana travels to Lincoln today for the first time since 1977.
Indiana travels to Lincoln today for the first time since 1977. (USA Today)

KEYS TO VICTORY: Indiana at Nebraska 

KEY 1: Find a run game identity early

Nebraska needs to draw up a game plan today that finds a run-game identity. They need to get at least 200 yards rushing to feel good about winning this football game.

KEY 2: Contain the edge on defense

The Hoosiers will attack the edge of Nebraska's defense a lot today. They will mix in some zone read and run-pass option plays. This has given the Huskers problems all season. That has to change today.

KEY 3: The kicking game

It looks like Barrett Pickering will make his return today, after missing the first seven games of 2019 with an injury. If that's the case, NU needs to get a lift from him in the kicking game. A couple of made field goals could easily be the difference today.

KEY 4: Defensive fundamentals

Two weeks ago at Minnesota, Nebraska's defense played with some of the worst fundamentals on defense you'll ever see. They worked on cleaning that up over the bye week. What type of improvements will we see today?

KEY 5: Passion

The sense a lot of people had after the loss at Minnesota was this football team lacked energy and passion. It's been a long two weeks since that ugly night in TCF Bank Stadium. The Big Red needs to come out angry and set the tone early with a few big plays in this football game. Too many times have we seen the Huskers come out of the gates slow. That has to change vs. Indiana.

EXPERT TAKE: Indiana at Nebraska 

Sean Callahan - HuskerOnline Publisher

The Huskers come back off the bye both mentally and physically refreshed. There are questions on both sides of this game, but I think at home NU gets it done. Barrett Pickering should also make his return, and that will give the Huskers a much-needed lift on special teams and play a factor today.

Nebraska 23, Indiana 21

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Robin Washut - HuskerOnline Senior Writer

Even with questions surrounding key offensive players and positions, I see this being a get-right game for Nebraska. Look for Dedrick Mills and the running backs to have a big day.

Nebraska 31, Indiana 24

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Nate Clouse - HuskerOnline Lead Recruiting Analyst

There is a lot on the line for Nebraska this week and I think they come out and play a pretty good game after getting a chance to regroup during the bye week. I think it comes down to being able to run the ball and stopping the run for the Huskers to win and they’re able to get that done for a close one against the Hoosiers.

Nebraska 30, Indiana 27

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Mike'l Severe - 1620 the Zone

Indiana is a very good offense especially when Penix Jr. is at QB. Ramsey is efficient but just not the same kind of explosive threat. Honestly, Indiana is better at nearly every offensive position, but based on the teams they have played so far this season they are vulnerable to the big play on defense. My biggest concern for the Huskers is protecting whoever plays QB on Saturday. If NU can do that they should be able to score vs IU attacking their corners and with QB run. This game should come down to a few plays on special teams and turnovers.

Nebraska 31, Indiana 28

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Andy Kendeigh - KETV Channel 7 Sports Director

Scott Frost has an idea who will start at quarterback for Nebraska but he's one of the few. Indiana's in the same QB-uncertainty boat. Either way, Nebraska is the better-rested team and with an extra week to prepare, my gut says the Huskers find a way to earn win number five.

Nebraska 28, Indiana 24

HuskerOnline Week 9 Score Predictions 
Week 9 Sean Callahan Robin Washut Nate Clouse Mike'l Severe Andy Kendeigh 

Indiana at Nebraska

23-21

Neb.

31-24 Neb.

30-27

Neb.

31-28

Neb.

28-24

Neb.

Iowa at Northwestern

17-9

Iowa

21-10

Iowa

35-14

Iowa

24-13

Iowa

12-9

Iowa

Penn State at MSU

27-20

PSU

24-17

PSU

35-20

PSU

24-20

PSU

23-14

PSU

Wisconsin at Ohio State

38-17

OSU

28-24

OSU

42-27

OSU

37-21

OSU

34-17

OSU

Notre Dame at Michigan

27-23

Mich.

27-23

ND

35-24

ND

20-17

Mich.

21-17

ND

Auburn at LSU

41-31

LSU

35-21

LSU

42-28

LSU

34-27

LSU

34-20

LSU

HuskerOnline Score Prediction Standings 
Expert Picker Straight Up vs. the Spread  Cumulative Total 

Sean Callahan

HuskerOnline

34-8

25-17

59

Nate Clouse
HuskerOnline

33-9

21-21

54

Robin Washut

HuskerOnline

28-14

20-22

48

Andy Kendeigh

KETV-ABC Omaha

28-14

19-23

47

Mike'l Severe

1620 the Zone

24-18

17-25

41