Colorado vs. Nebraska Prediction
How will Nebraska look when it opens up its 2018 season this afternoon against an old rival in Colorado at 3:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, September 8, 2018
3:30PM ET – Memorial Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Nebraska is favored at home in this game, as the Cornhuskers are getting odds of -3.5 points against Colorado. The over/under total for the game is listed at 64 points. The public betting for this game currently has 53 percent going on Colorado on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Nebraska opens new era
The Cornhuskers were scheduled to open the season last weekend, but its game at home with Akron was rained out and may not be able to be made up. The debut of new coach Scott Frost had to wait a week. Frost is a former Cornhusker player and spent the last two seasons at Central Florida. He guided the Golden Knights to a perfect record in 2017. Last season, Nebraska ended up 4-8 overall, 4-8 against the spread and 7-4-1 with the over. The Huskers failed to cover in three of their last four games
Nebraska averaged just 25.75 points per game on offense last year and allowed 36.4 per contest. Frost is electing to go with a freshman at quarterback this year in Adrian Martinez. Luckily for Martinez, he has some strong receivers to throw to in Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman. Each have over 800 yards last year and Morgan Jr. posted 10 touchdowns catches. The team also returns leading rusher Devine Ozigbo, but he had just 493 yards in 2017.
Buffaloes roll at Colorado State
Colorado earned a 45-13 win at Colorado State to open the season last weekend and put an end to a 3-game losing streak for the program. The Buffaloes were a 7-point favorite entering the game and they hit the under of 65.5 points. Colorado is 2-2-1 against the spread in its last five games.
The Buffaloes were in control early in last week’s win, scoring in the first two minutes and never trailing from there. Colorado put up 596 yards of offense in the win while holding the Rams to just 284 total yards and 103 rushing yards. Quarterback Steven Montez looked sharp, putting up 338 passing yards and four touchdowns on 22 of 25 passing. Travon McMillian rushed for 103 yards on just 10 carries while Laviska Shenault Jr. caught 11 passes for 211 yards and a score.
College Football Betting Trends
The Cornhuskers are 3-0-1 against the spread in their last 4 against Pac-12 opponents, but just 1-9-2 ATS in their last 12 home games.
The Buffaloes are just 4-11-1 against the spread in their last 16 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
I am not sure what to expect from Nebraska. I expect that Frost will get the Huskers on the right track eventually, but it may not be evident right away. Colorado looked pretty good last week and should be motivated to spoil Frost’s debut. The Buffaloes and Cornhuskers were great conference rivals back in the day and I expect this game to carry a lot of emotion and physicality. I give the edge to the Buffs on the road with Nebraska working out its new kinks.
College Football Prediction: Colorado +3.5