College Football Picks: Southern Mississippi vs. Nebraska

Jeff Grant

Thursday, September 5, 2013 1:47 PM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013 1:47 PM GMT

The Nebraska Cornhuskers ran their way to a victory last week. Now they prepare to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles Saturday.

How should we make our college football picks regarding this match-up?

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA football odds for this non-conference matchup at Memorial Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

Turning it over

Southern Miss had an opportunity to snap the nation’s longest losing streak at 12 games last week, but the program committed seven turnovers in a 22-15 setback to Texas State as 7.5-point home favorites.

The Golden Eagles are 3-9 SU and 6-6 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 9-3 in that situation.

A powerful running game

Nebraska picked up a 37-34 season-opening victory over the Wyoming Cowboys as 31-point home favorites last Saturday—despite losing the statistical battle by 72 yards to an opponent hailing from the Mountain West Conference.

The OVER is 10-3 in the Cornhuskers’ last 13 games after gaining 275 or more yards on the ground under head coach Bo Pelini.

Throwing it around

College football handicappers need to realize that the Golden Eagles are going to throw the ball around in 2013, as first-year head coach Todd Monken made a name for himself as an offensive guru at Oklahoma State from 2011-12.

Redshirt senior quarterback Allan Bridgford completed 28 of 53 passes for 377 yards last week, but the team was unable to produce points due to committing seven turnovers.

Dominating situation

It’s very hard to ignore that Nebraska entered the season with a 46-3 record in its last 49 home games against non-conference opponents—winning the last 12 by an average of 32 points.

Quarterback Taylor Martinez has played a big part in producing that mark recently, as he’s compiled a 13-1 record in 14 career games before the month of October, with the offense averaging 42.3 points.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports picks. The OVER is 7-2-1 in the Cornhuskers last 10 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous contest.

College Football picks: Over 59.5 at Bet 365

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