Purdue vs. Nebraska Prediction
Can No. 8 Nebraska hand another sizable loss to Purdue when they meet up this afternoon at 3:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Nebraska is favored at home in this game, as the Cornhuskers are getting odds of -24 points against the Boilermakers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 61.5 points. Nebraska has won two of three meetings with Purdue and the two are both 1-1-1 against the spread in those games.
The Cornhuskers are off to a 6-0 start to the season with a 3-0 start in Big Ten play following a 27-22 win at Indiana last week. Nebraska is now 4-1-1 against the spread this season, thanks largely to an offense that is averaging 35.3 points and 453.8 yards per game. The Huskers have a great ground attack, with Terrell Newby, Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Devine Ozigbo combining for 1,178 yards and 13 touchdowns. Armstrong Jr. has also thrown for 1,359 yards and 10 touchdowns. Nebraska is hoping to get Jordan Westerkamp back at receiver this week. He missed last week’s game with a back injury. Defensively, Nebraska has given up just 18.3 points and 344.5 yards per game this season.
Purdue is coming off a 49-35 loss to Iowa last week, as the Boilermakers fell to 3-3 on the season and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are 2-4 against the spread this season and they fired coach Darrell Hazell following last week’s loss. He was just 9-33 in his time with the Boilermakers. While the offense is respectable, putting up 27.5 points and 441.8 yards per game, the defense is the reason for the overs hitting. Purdue is allowing 34.3 points and 446.3 yards per contest. The Boilermakers are giving up 264.3 rushing yards per contest as well. David Blough is leading the Purdue offense with 1,756 passing yards and 12 touchdowns, but also has 10 interceptions. Markell Jones has added 372 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Purdue could respond to the firing of Hazell one of two ways. They could come out fired up and compete with the Huskers or they could lay down. I think option B is more likely, especially with Nebraska’s run game. The Cornhuskers should be able to march right down the field on this Purdue defense and I don’t see Purdue having the weapons to keep pace.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 PREDICTION: NEBRASKA -24