LINE Nebraska -13.5
ATS PICK Northwestern
I despise making any sort of a big call on anything Week 0.
It’s not like picking NFL preseason games, but it’s not far off – we sort of know what’s coming out of that tunnel on college football’s opening day, but not really.
Yeah, I sort of like the Nebraska-Northwestern under on the 49.5, and Northwestern on the money line is a fun shot at the stars, but the spread should be the one to dive in on.
The 13.5 is just too much not to go the other way.
Under Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern – even in the bad years – hasn’t been bad in the opener away from Evanston.
A 2017 41-17 blasting by Duke was the last time the Wildcats lost by two touchdowns or more on the away-from-home opener – calling it that since this game against Nebraska in on a neutral site – and that’s the only time it happened since a 58-7 loss to Ohio State back in 2007.
Nebraska? Yeah, new team, new attitude, new players, but as mentioned before, this should be more of a grinding game played at Northwestern’s pace.
It’s Week 0. It’s the big game of the day. It’s college football. Let’s have some fun.