College Football Picks: South Dakota State vs. Nebraska

Ross Benjamin

Friday, September 20, 2013 5:31 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 5:31 PM UTC

Free college football picks for the Week 4 matchup between the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. We examine the current betting lines, hoping to find a betting edge for ourcollege football picks.



CFB Preview

The South Dakota St. Jackrabbits go on the road to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday at 3:30 PM ET. South Dakota St. enters this contest with a 3-0 record and rated #6 nationally in the latest FCS poll. According to current college football betting odds Nebraska is a 19.5-point favorite in this contest.

The Jackrabbits 

South Dakota St. has feasted off opponents mistakes in their 3-0 start to the season. The Jackrabbits are an amazing +10 in turnover margin in 2013. They will certainly be stepping way up in class for this upcoming contest in Lincoln on Saturday. The Jackrabbits are averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground. Although their passing game isn’t explosive it has been efficient.

Trouble Brewing in Lincoln 

Saying that it’s been a tumultuous week for the Nebraska football program is an understatement. First they blew an early 21-3 lead at home to UCLA, allowing the Bruins to score the last 37 points of the game in a 40-21 loss. Rubbing salt in already significant wound was the fact that starting quarterback Taylor Martinez injured his toe in the contest, and is doubtful for this week’s game. Then came the disparaging remarks directed at the Nebraska faithful by head coach Bo Pelini which were uncovered by an independent web site, and consequently released to the public. Needless to say all isn’t warm and fuzzy in Lincoln right now. Of bigger concern is the play of the Nebraska defense. Wyoming torched the stop unit for 602 yards and 34-points in the season opener. Last week UCLA accumulated 504 yards of total offense. Both of those opponents rushed for over 200 yards each in those contests. Considering that’s this week’s opponent’s strength is their running game it is certainly cause for immediate concern. 

Take a look at my College Football Picks: Opening Odds Report for Week 4.

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Final Analysis 

Nebraska will be starting an inexperienced quarterback in Ron Kellogg. Although Kellogg is a senior he’s attempted just 14 passes and rushed for 7 yards in his college career. When we couple that factor versus an opportunistic team that has a +10 turnover margin through 3 games it doesn’t bode well for the Cornhuskers, especially as almost a 3-touchdown favorite. This one will be much closer than most will anticipate for their college football picks.

Free Pick: South Dakota St.  +20.5 over Nebraska at bet365

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