It is a matchup of Nebraska’s black shirt defense against Washington star quarterback Jake Locker. It should be fun to watch on ABC and an interesting game to make a college football bet on.
Nebraska is a 3-point favorite at Sbgglobal and the total on the game is 53.5. The Cornhuskers played very well defensively last week as they had five interceptions against Idaho’s Nathan Enderle but they get a big step up in competition this week against Locker and the Huskies.
Defense or Locker? Nebraska’s defense is not as good as last year’s. Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. Yes, they played well against Idaho last week but in the first week against Western Kentucky they were a disgrace. Nebraska heads coach Bo Pelini is an excellent defense coach and he will have some things drawn up to stop Locker but Nebraska is not going to shut him out. Locker had 289 yards passing and four TDs last week in Washington’s win over Syracuse. This is Locker’s big chance to show the nation he is a Heisman Trophy contender. This game is on ABC and it is Washington’s big chance to impress everyone. Locker was not that great against BYU in Week one so this is his last chance to get in the Heisman discussion.
Nebraska’s Offense vs. Washington’s Defense – This game may come down to Nebraska’s offense against Washington defense. And neither of them is very good. Nebraska couldn’t even run up the score last week against a rotten Idaho defense and Washington couldn’t totally stop the poor offense of Syracuse. Which ever of these units plays better on Saturday is the team that wins the game.
Saturday’s NCAA Football Betting Trends - Nebraska is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and they are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. On the other side, The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and they are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. the Big 12. Betting trends for the total indicate that the Under is 12-5 in the Cornhuskers last 17 games overall but the Over is 13-6 in the Huskies last 19 home games.