Nebraska Season Odds
(TheSpread) – The Nebraska football team failed to win the Big Ten Championship Game in 2012. Can the Cornhuskers get the job done this season?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Nebraska has been given 50/1 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Cornhuskers have also been given odds of +700 to win the Big Ten Championship and a money line of +280 to win the Big Ten Legends Division. Nebraska’s over/under for wins this season has been set at 9.5.
Bo Pelini is in his sixth season as head coach of Nebraska and coming off a 10-4 record in the 2012 season, including losses in the conference title game and Capital One Bowl. Nebraska is 19-8 in two seasons under the Big Ten banner, and the team returns 12 starters from last year’s team.
On offense, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez will be the one to watch. He returns for his senior season after throwing for 2,871 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 1,019 yards and 10 scores in 2012. Joining Martinez in the backfield is running back Ameer Abdullah, who rushed for 1,137 yards in 2012. Both men are on the Heisman Trophy watch list, with Martinez being given 20/1 odds to win the award and Abdullah getting 25/1 odds. Martinez has his top three receiving targets back from last year’s team and also has three starters back on the offensive line. Nebraska averaged 34.8 points and 461 yards per game in 2012, and their numbers should be solid again this season.
Defensively, Nebraska struggled last year, allowing 27.6 points and 361 yards per game. The Cornhuskers were very poor against the run, allowing 193 yards per game last season. The Cornhuskers have to replace six of the seven starters on the front seven, meaning the rushing defense might not get much better. Three starters are back from a secondary that held opponents to just 168 passing yards per game a year ago.
In terms of wins, Nebraska has a favorable schedule. The Cornhuskers avoid both Wisconsin and Ohio State in conference plays and the only troubling road games appear to be at Michigan and Penn State. Nebraska will host UCLA in non-conference play and start the year with five home games. The toughest home games could be against Northwestern and Michigan State, but both are relatively unproven.
For a look at the odds for the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – Nebraska Cornhuskers
BCS National Champion Odds: 50/1
Big Ten Championship Odds: +700
Big Ten Legends Division Champion Odds: +280
Win Total: Over/Under 9.5
Heisman Odds: QB Taylor Martinez 20/1
Heisman Odds: RB Ameer Abdullah 25/1