Wyoming vs. Nebraska Odds

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LINCOLN, NE (The Spread) – No. 17 Nebraska looks to start the season with a lopsided win on Saturday when it hosts Wyoming at 8PM ET on the Big Ten Network.

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Nebraska went 10-4 in the 2012 season and 6-7-1 against the point spread. Wyoming was just 4-8 overall last year, but went 7-5 against the spread. These two met in the 2011 season, with Nebraska picking up a 38-14 win at Wyoming.

Trends show that Nebraska is 6-1-1 against the spread in its last 8 home games. Wyoming is 1-4 against the spread in its last 5 games in August and just 2-5 ATS in its last 7 non-conference games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Nebraska is the clear favorite at home, as the Cornhuskers have odds of -29 points against Wyoming. The over/under total for this game has been set at 65.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Nebraska favored by 26.5 points. That was the low for the spread, as it has now peaked at Nebraska -29. The over/under total opened at 64.5 points. The total has bounced around from that to 65.5 before settling in at the peak.

Nebraska comes into this season with high expectations, mainly because of an offense that averaged 34.8 points and 461 yards per game in 2012. This year’s group returns Taylor Martinez at quarterback. The senior threw for 2,871 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 1,019 yards and 10 scores last season. Also back is Martinez’ top three receiving targets and running back Ameer Abdullah, who rushed for 1,137 yards in 2012. Defensively, Nebraska struggled, giving up 27.6 points and 361 yards per game. Nebraska allowed an average of 53.5 points per game in its four losses last year. Nebraska doesn’t have much talent on defense this season, as the team lost its five leading tacklers from 2012, its leading sacker and its interception leader.

Wyoming went just 4-8 last season after going 8-5 in the 2011 season. The Cowboys have 15 starters back this season, seven coming on each side of the ball. The offense will be led by quarterback Brett Smith, who threw for 2,837 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012. Smith will deal with three new starters on the offensive line, but has five of Wyoming’s top six receivers back from last year. Defensively, Wyoming was poor last year, allowing 33.4 points and 470 yards per game. This unit loses its top three tacklers from a year ago, but returns its starting secondary, which should help improve its 238 passing yards allowed per game. However, Wyoming gave up 232 rushing yards per contest last year. That should still be a big issue with Nebraska on the other side of the field.

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In terms of Injuries, Wyoming is listed as healthy, while Nebraska defensive tackle Kevin Williams is out for the season with a knee injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Nebraska, as the Cornhuskers are getting 78 percent of the wagers with odds of -29 points against Wyoming.

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