Nebraska Season Odds
LINCOLN, NE (TheSpread) – With a new head coach in the mix, will the Nebraska Cornhuskers finally contend for the Big Ten Championship in 2015?
According to oddsmakers at GTBets, Nebraska is currently listed with 66/1 odds to win the College Football Playoffs this upcoming season. The Cornhuskers are also getting odds of +1600 to win the Big Ten Conference, while their over/under total for wins in 2015 has been set at 8.
Bo Pelini was the head coach of Nebraska for the last seven seasons, and never won fewer than nine games, but he was removed as head coach following a 9-3 record in 2014 with a 5-3 Big Ten mark. In steps Mike Riley, who left Oregon State after 14 years as their head coach. Riley was 93-80 in his time at Oregon State, but never won a conference title and had a 58-63 record in conference games.
Riley is taking over a team that had a very strong offense in 2014, averaging 37.8 points and 452.3 yards per game. While the defense gave up 26.4 points per contest, the offense made up for it. The team returns quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., who threw for 2,695 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 705 yards and six scores in his first full season as a starter. The Huskers will have to replace stud back Ameer Abdullah, who rushed for 1,611 yards and 19 scores, but it does return Jordan Westerkamp, who had 747 receiving yards in 2014.
Nebraska starts the season against BYU, which will be a test. It also hits the road to face Miami in non-conference play while hosting South Alabama and Southern Miss. Big Ten play features home games with Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan State and Iowa. Road trips will be at Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue and Rutgers. The luxury for Nebraska is it has its two toughest Big Ten games at home. If the Huskers can beat Wisconsin, a loss to MSU won’t matter too much. The Big Ten West is wide open, so Nebraska should be able to make a run at it this year.