Here’s how the Cornhuskers and Fighting Illini match up statistically entering their Oct. 29 game in Lincoln. Average national ranking in categories listed: Nebraska 84.6, Illinois 42.2.
NEBRASKA

3-4 (2-2)

 ILLINOIS 

6-1 (3-1)

Stat Rank Stat Rank
Rushing offense 154.7 67 199.0 26
Passing offense 269.4 38 216.9 94
Pass efficiency 143.77 50 139.87 59
Total offense 424.1 48 415.9 59
Scoring offense 29.7 66 26.0 85
Rushing defense 190.4 115 77.9 2
Pass defense 281.3 121 143.3 2
Pass eff. defense 126.99 60 75.40 1
Total defense 471.7 124 221.1 1
Scoring defense 31.3 107 8.9 1
Net punting 38.23 73 38.13 75
Punt returns 16.50 8 6.17 88
Kickoff returns 18.31 99 20.29 67
Turnover margin -0.43 94 0.71 24
Tackles for loss 4.1 121 6.6 30
Sacks 1.43 111 3.29 11
Sacks allowed 2.79 106 1.57 42
Third-down conversion 0.454 36 0.380 79
Third-down defense 0.427 102 0.265 7
Fourth-down conversion 0.250 128 0.625 27
Fourth-down defense 0.700 114 0.222 5
Red zone offense 0.826 75 0.788 96
Red zone defense 0.857 82 0.636 2
First downs offense 158 67 158 67
First downs defense 174 110 86 2
Fewest penalties 6.86 86 7.00 93
Fewest penalty yards 55.00 63 65.57 104
Time of possession 27:50 110 34:57 3
Power index* -0.9 71 8.3 34
Efficiency: Offense* 46.8 72 55.2 51
Efficiency: Defense* 34.6 110 84.4 5
Efficiency: Spec. Teams* 55.8 44 44.0 89
Efficiency: Overall* 39.1 95 72.5 20
Schedule strength* 103 103 85 85
*ESPN FPI analytics. Schedule strength does not include future opponents.
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