College Football Picks: Wyoming vs. Nebraska Odds & Picks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:27 PM GMT

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 6:27 PM GMT

The Nebraska Cornhuskers bring the nation’s longest winning streak in season-opening contests into their game against the Wyoming Cowboys Saturday, as the two teams prepare to meet at Memorial Stadium.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA football odds for this non-conference matchup, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

Can the Cornhuskers win the Big 10 this season?

A ton of experience

Wyoming is coming off a disappointing 4-8 season, but the program welcomes back 29 players that have combined for 270 combined starts, which is important to consider under fifth-year head coach Dave Christensen. 

The Cowboys are 2-0 ATS as road underdogs of 21.5 or more points since 2011, with both games going UNDER the betting total.

Starting off a season in style

Nebraska is expected to cruise to victory when looking over the point spread in this affair, especially when you consider the program has won 27 consecutive season openers—the longest streak of its kind in the nation. 

The Cornhuskers are 4-6 ATS versus non-conference opponents the last two seasons, while the OVER is 4-1-1 in their last six games overall.

Avoiding turnovers 

College football handicappers may find the Cowboys to be dangerous underdogs in this spot, as they welcome back junior quarterback Brett Smith, who hasn’t thrown an interception in his last 174 passes. 

He completed 62.1 percent of his passes a season ago—throwing for 27 touchdowns and just six interceptions. 

Quite a record 

Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez has been brilliant against non-conference opponents in his career, as he looks to improve upon his 12-1 record in games prior to October. 

Martinez has thrown for 2,238 yards and gained another 1,215 yards on the ground in those 13 contests.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cowboys with their College Football Picks, as they’ve gone 18-6 ATS in their last 24 road games. 

CFB Week 1 Pick: Wyoming Cowboys +29

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