Nebraska vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
Nebraska (0-0) vs. Colorado (1-0) Game Preview
For those of you who get all squishy about the old Big 12 – or Big 8 – days, this was an annual big deal during the 1990s.
It topped out in an epic 2001 Big 12 title game – with the Buffs running wild for a 62-36 win, but the Huskers went on to play for the national title – and with epic showdowns in 1995 and 1996.
And now, these are two programs looking to get by.
Of course, the excitement is off the charts for Nebraska with the hiring of Scott Frost, but the take-off was delayed after a lightning storm cancelled the game against Akron. The Huskers should be better, but with road games at Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa, and with home dates against Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan State to deal with, lose to Colorado, and it’ll be tough to get to six wins.
The Buffs might be sleeper-good in a tumultuous Pac-12 South, and they couldn’t have started better with a 45-13 destruction of Colorado State. With winnable home games against New Hampshire, UCLA and Arizona State up next, win this, and there could be a huge start.
One Reason Why Colorado Will Win
Yeah, Colorado State’s pass defense would give up 300 yards you and a Marv down in accounting, but it was still an impressive performance by the Buffs in the blowout win.
Steven Montez has NFL tools, talent and upside, and he put it together for at least one week, hitting 22-of-25 passes for 338 yards and four scores with one pick – just two throws weren’t caught – and he ran for 34 yards and a touchdown.
This has the potential to be a solid, balanced attack, with a running back by committee approach to go along with what Montez can do.
Nebraska missing the Akron game meant it couldn’t get any live reps in. The Buffs looked razor-sharp from the start.
One Reason Why Nebraska Will Win
Don’t take too much away from being Colorado State. Again, the defense isn’t anything fantastic.
The Buff lines are just okay, and while this is a solid team across the board, there’s nothing fantastic outside of Montez.
Nebraska has the upside in the secondary to hold tight against the Colorado passing game – at least, it won’t be target practice for Montez – and the defensive front should be able to generate a little bit of pressure.
And yes, Colorado has a game under its belt, but the Nebraska coaches have film on this team. The Buff coaches aren’t quite sure what these Huskers are quite yet.
What’s Going To Happen
Nebraska superstar recruit Adrian Martinez will have his moments, and he’ll show what he’s about to be a really, really big thing – right up until he throws a key pick in the second half.
The Huskers will be fired up, the crowd will be crazy – at least, crazy for Memorial Stadium – and they’ll come up with just enough offensive pop to get everyone fired up – but this will be about Colorado, too.
All of a sudden, the Buffaloes will start to get more national respect for a tight defense that will keep Martinez from running wild – outside of a few big runs – as they throw a wet blanket on the opener.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Colorado 34, Nebraska 31
Line: Nebraska -4, o/u: 65
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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