Minnesota vs. Nebraska fearless prediction and game preview.
Minnesota vs. Nebraska Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 12
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota (5-0) vs. Nebraska (4-2) Game Preview
Why Nebraska Will Win
The Gophers might have woken up from a sleepy start against Illinois, but it all worked out in the end of a 40-17 win. That’s about as easy as it can get for them this year.
Minnesota has only played one team – Fresno State – that’s likely going to end up in a bowl game, and this isn’t the Fresno State team of the last few seasons. Nebraska might look like it’s been struggling a bit – and it has been – but it’s faced Colorado, Ohio State, and a Northwestern team that’s struggling, but is still plucky.
The Huskers have the type of rushing offense that should be able to give Minnesota problems. Georgia Southern might have a dangerous triple-option attack, but for the most part, the Gophers haven’t had to deal with anyone who can steadily run the ball well.
It’s been a fight, but the Huskers can hit the occasional home run, and on the other side, have the line that can get into the backfield. The Gophers hardly have the most well-oiled of offensive machines, and any disruption is a problem.
Why Minnesota Will Win
Well THERE we go, Minnesota.
The Gopher ground game only showed up when it absolutely had to early on this season, but it destroyed Illinois for 332 yards and two scores in the easiest win of the season.
Rodney Smith went off for 211 yards as he keeps building and improving after missing most of last year hurt. The Huskers have to load up against the run first – this is how the Gophers want to travel – and that opens things up for Tanner Morgan, one of the Big Ten’s most unappreciated breakout stars.
The sophomore had a bit of a rough passing game against Illinois, and he still threw for three scores. He’s bombing away with his great receiving corps hitting bit shot after big shot, but again, it’s about running and running some more, if possible.
Minnesota dominates the time of possession battle, and Nebraska doesn’t care about keeping the clock moving. That means …
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What’s Going To Happen
The Gophers should have the ball for at least 35 minutes and should be at least a +2 in turnover margin against a Nebraska team that couldn’t stop giving the ball away until finally hanging on to the ball against Northwestern.
The Huskers aren’t playing well enough to overcome a slew of mistakes, but it’ll keep it close against the Minnesota offense that will stall early, and start working well late. It’ll be entertaining as the Gophers stay unbeaten.
Minnesota vs. Nebraska Prediction, Line
Minnesota 34, Nebraska 30
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