Nebraska vs. Illinois College Football Odds, Picks & Predictions: Smart Money Falling on Saturday’s Week 0 Spread

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  • Week 0 of the 2021 college football season kicks off with Nebraska vs. Illinois on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Based on the latest college football odds, Nebraska is a 7-point favorite over Illinois for Saturday's college football opener.
  • Continue reading to see how Nebraska vs. Illinois odds have moved since opening, and how sharp bettors are the reason for that line adjustment.

College Football Odds: Nebraska vs. Illinois 

Nebraska Odds -7
Illinois Odds +7
Over/Under 53.5
Date Saturday, Aug. 28
Time 1 p.m. ET
TV FOX

*College football odds updated as of Friday at 6:15 p.m. ET

College football’s opening weekend appetizer, also referred to as “Week 0,” consists of four key Saturday matchups: Nebraska vs. Illinois, Hawaii vs. UCLA, UTEP vs. New Mexico State and Connecticut vs. Fresno State.

Nebraska vs. Illinois, which officially gets the season underway at 1 p.m. ET, is also the most heavily bet game of Week 0.

Considering it’s a matchup of two Big Ten teams that will be shown nationally on FOX, casual bettors are all over this season-opening matchup.

And wouldn’t you know it … sharps have already played a big hand in shaping the latest Nebraska vs. Illinois odds.

Let’s examine how pros are betting Nebraska vs. Illinois and the effect that sharp action is having on Saturday afternoon’s spread.

College Football Picks: Nebraska vs. Illinois

Sharp Action