Minnesota vs. Nebraska fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 20
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
Minnesota (3-3) vs. Nebraska (0-6) Game Preview
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
Give it enough time, and Nebraska will find a way to screw it up.
It took something special to gack away the Northwestern game, and the Huskers did it with yet another ill-timed penalty, too many issues with the pass defense, and a meltdown in overtime.
Minnesota could use the help.
In a game like this where the little things will be the difference, the Huskers are going to commit ten penalties, and Minnesota – one of the least penalized teams in the country – should be a +50 yards on flags, at least.
Yes, the Gopher offense is having problems without Rodney Smith for the running game, and Zack Annextad is growing into the passing game, throwing for 218 yards in each of the last two games, but …
One Reason Why Nebraska Will Win
Annexstad is throwing a whole slew of picks.
The young Gopher freshman has had to press, and the problems are coming with seven interceptions in the last three games after failing to throw one in first three games.
Like Minnesota, the Huskers need all the help they can get.
There’s a whole lot to really, really like. Adrian Martinez continues to be great, showing the promise and potential to be something special in the near future. The receiving corps is still terrific, and the running game is rocking, with 230 yards or more in three of the last four games.
If the Huskers can get out to a hot start, Minnesota won’t be able to keep up or comeback. They’re overdue to get out to a big, big start … and then hang on.
What’s Going To Happen
Nebraska simply doesn’t know how to win. But at some point, it’s going to happen.
And this is it.
Minnesota’s defense isn’t a brick wall, the offense can’t run well enough, and the offense doesn’t have the pop to keep up once Martinez and company go off.
Nebraska’s passing game is going to hit the 300-yard mark, and for the Husker fans and team that have gone through a nasty start, they’re about to come up with their UCLA vs. Cal moment.
It’ll be a cathartic win, even if the fans aren’t comfortable until the final gun.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Nebraska 34, Minnesota 24
Line: Nebraska -3.5, o/u: 56
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Must See Rating: 2.5
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