Nebraska vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
Nebraska vs. Colorado Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 7
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
Nebraska (1-0) vs. Colorado (1-0) Game Preview
Why Nebraska Will Win
The defense took what appeared to be a big step forward in the 35-21 win over South Alabama with five takeaways and four sacks. It’s not going to be a brick wall of a D, but as long as it’s generating big plays against Colorado, and if the special teams can come up with a few strong moments, the offense should take care of the rest – at least in theory.
The Huskers got the tune-up out of the way. The O might have been tentative and didn’t operate with the sharpness and tempo expected, but it was good on third downs. There were too many turnovers, the attack didn’t control the tempo, and there were struggles to get going – how is that a plus?
That’s as mediocre as the Nebraska offense will likely be, and it was still a 14-point win. That’s why you schedule South Alabama to start the season. Against a Colorado defense that got hit hard through the air by Colorado State, now it’s time for Adrian Martinez and company to kick it all in.
Why Colorado Will Win
Now THOSE are the Buffs that rocked and rolled throughout the first half of last season.
WR Laviska Shenault only caught three passes against Colorado State, but he scored. QB Steven Montez missed a few key throws, but he was good enough, and the offensive line destroyed the Ram defensive front as Alex Fontenot ripped off 125 yards and three scores.
Can the defense hold up if Nebraska’s offense wakes up?
The Huskers were tentative, ineffective, and shockingly ineffective against South Alabama, coming up with just 276 total yards, averaging just 2.2 yards per carry, and getting next to nothing out of Adrian Martinez. The firepower is there, but it didn’t show up against USA. Now it has to prove it can keep up in a shootout.
What’s Going To Happen
Nebraska’s offense will make the trip to Boulder, and it still won’t be enough.
Last year’s 33-28 Colorado win over the Huskers had a slew of wild mood swings and momentum changes, and this one will be the same way. Both quarterbacks will go off, both offenses will hit plenty of home runs, and in the end, Colorado will be a bit better and more consistent late.
The Buff defense that came up with four takeaways against Colorado State will step it up in the second half, slowing down two key Husker drives.
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Nebraska vs. Colorado Prediction, Line
Colorado 37, Nebraska 34
Line: Nebraska -3.5, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 3
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