Date/Time: September 13, 10:30 p.m. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
Spread: Nebraska -10
Big things are expected this season of the Nebraska Cornhuskers from their rabid fan base. Their patience was tested last week as Nebraska needed to stave off the scrappy McNeese State to avoid what would have been a humiliating upset.
The team managed to win the game, but their play was uninspired and they did not seem as though they had any heart. That will have to change quickly as they head out onto the college football highway to take on the winless Fresno State Bulldogs.
The answer for this Nebraska team according to head coach Bo Pelini is to give Heisman Trophy candidate Ameer Abdullah more touches. Abdullah had 17 carries but just three catches and touched the ball once in the fourth quarter before a huge play that essentially sealed the victory.
Pelini used the weekly press conference to take a jab at offensive coordinator Tim Beck by questioning his use of the team’s best player. That has to make for a very difficult locker room for the Huskers as they head to the west coast.
For Fresno State, they just need a win. The Bulldogs have two very ugly losses to USC and Utah to start the season. Although both of those teams have quality football programs, the Bulldogs defense is under fire for allowing over 50 points in each contest. The 111 points allowed are the most in a two-game stretch since the Bulldogs gave up 116 in 1926. The good news for Fresno is that they will be at home in front of their fans for the first time this season.
The latest college football betting trends in this game favor the road team. The Cornhuskers are 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 road games when they go up against a team with a losing home record, 4-1 ATS in the last five road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a game in which they failed to cover the number. The Bulldogs are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss of more than 20 points, 6-22-2 ATS in their last 30 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game and just 1-4 ATS in the last five games overall.
College Football Picks: Fresno State +10
There is something about a desperate home underdog looking for their first win that makes them an attractive play for sports bettors. This is more of a play against a Nebraska team that seems unmotivated to play for a coach that has lost control of his team and the respect of the fan base. The Bulldogs get their first win of the season and make the make the hot seat even hotter in for Bo Pelini.
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