Week 8 college football preview

Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-2) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-1)

When, where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.


Radio: WGN-720 AM

Web: WatchESPN.com

NebraskaNorthwesternWhat you need to know: Northwestern faces its toughest test of the season as Nebraska comes to town. A year ago, the Wildcats upset Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Though it wouldn't be an upset, the Cornhuskers will be looking for revenge. The Wildcats will need to step up their game as their schedule becomes much tougher in the coming weeks. Rush defense will be key in this year's game. The Huskers average 290 rushing yards per game, and Northwestern averages 229.9 yards. Wildcats quarterback/wide receiver Kain Colter proved to be the difference in last year's game and could play a variety of positions again. One advantage for Nebraska is it's coming off a bye week.

Scott Powers' prediction: Nebraska 34, Northwestern 27

Northern Illinois Huskies (6-1) at Akron Zips (1-6)

When, where: 11 a.m. Saturday at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio

TV: ESPN Regional

Radio: WSCR-670 AM

Web: WatchESPN.com

Northern IllinoisAkronWhat you need to know: Northern Illinois has rattled off six consecutive wins after losing in the season opener to Iowa. The Huskies own an 11-game MAC winning streak and are one game behind Toledo in the win column in the West. Akron has been sailing the other way. The Zips are winless in conference, and their only victory was against Morgan State this season. Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch has more rushing yards than any quarterback in the nation and is among the top 10 players in total offense, rushing and points responsible for.

Powers' prediction: Northern Illinois 41, Akron 24