Free Week 8 Prediction: Cornhuskers vs. Buckeyes Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(0-0) Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0)
Date: Saturday, October 24th, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
NCAA Football Spread: Ohio State Buckeyes -26.5
NCAA Betting Total: 64.5
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The Big Ten is back. Nebraska was the loudest voice of complaint, I am sure they would have rather started the season against Rutgers though.
Ohio State is ranked in the Top Five and for good reason. We will get to finally see it on the field now.
Nebraska is still trying to breakthrough under Scott Frost. A win to start the season at the Horseshoe would definitely qualify.
Nebraska won 5 games a year ago, hardly impressive but an improvement from a season ago. Now they are hoping for another bump.
For that to happen they are going to need to see big-time improvement from quarterback Adrian Martinez. He is just a junior but it feels like he has been in Lincoln a long time.
He will be helped by a strong offensive line where four starters and the tight end return. Last year Nebraska was third in the conference in rushing offense.
The defensive line has no returning starters and they were bad a year ago, 11th against the run. There are upperclassmen but only one returning starter in the front seven.
Wan’Dale Robinson set records for receptions by a freshman last year. He becomes the top returning target for Martinez and they need him to be a playmaker. You are not going to beat OSU by dinking and dunking.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State is the most talented team in the league. The program lost a lot to the NFL in the draft per usual but they should be able to reload.
Key to the season is the presence of QB Justin Fields. If you do not think that Trevor Lawrence is the best quarterback in college football it is because you prefer his more athletic game. He was awesome a year ago with a 41/3 TD to INT ratio.
The defense returns just three starters from a unit that was tops in the conference last year. Shaun Wade eventually coming back to the team gives them a lockdown corner to anchor the secondary.
Three starters return on the offensive line and as long as that group is in sync this team is going to be pretty sharp out of the gate and will just keep getting better as the season progresses.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- NEB are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 conference games.
- NEB are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Over is 21-7-1 in NEB last 29 games as an underdog.
- OSU are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 conference games
- OSU are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
Big Ten teams are a mystery. I am curious to learn how they have been using their time in terms of development and preparations.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Ohio State -26.5
This is a lot of chalk to be giving up with a lot of unknowns, but I am pretty confident that the gap between these two programs is still pretty large.
This won’t by biggest bet of the weekend though and I would love to see it come down to 24. I wish I had more confidence in the Huskers.
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