Despite a solid 5-2 start, the Scarlet Knights are massive underdogs on College Football betting odds for their visit to Nebraska this weekend. Check out our preview for this Big Ten clash inside.
A large majority of the top online sportsbooks have a spread of 17 listed, with Nebraska obviously on the favored side. A site or two do have a line of 17.5 out there, for those that think there's value that lies with Rutgers.
If you want to make a play on the total, you'll have to wait a little bit longer to find the number on College Football odds. The Cornhuskers have both excellent on both sides of the ball and will look to shut down Rutgers' offense here on Saturday.
Through seven games, the Cornhuskers have lost just once, and that came on the road against a very good Michigan State.
Other than that five-point loss, Nebraska has looked the part, scoring 38+ points in wins over Miami (FL), Illinois and Northwestern among other victories. They're second in the Big Ten West behind only Minnesota, having won two of their first three conference matchups.
Last weekend, the Cornhuskers didn't have much trouble at all in a 38-17 road win over Northwestern. Nebraska totaled 471 yards of offense and held the Wildcats under 300 yards on the other side of the ball. It was a tremendous all-around effort in all phases for the Cornhuskers.
On an individual level, it was the Ameer Abdullah show. He had 23 carries for 146 yards, four catches for 13 yards, and recorded four touchdowns in the win. That meant QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. didn't have to do much except avoid mistakes. He was 18-of-29 for 221 passing yards and added 55 yards on 10 rushing attempts. Kenny Bell led all Nebraska receivers with five catches for 89 yards.
Following the win over Northwestern, we now find the Cornhuskers in the top 20 in both points scored and points allowed. They're scoring 41 points per game (#11 in the nation) and are giving up 19.9 points per game (#18) ahead of this weekend's home game.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Things were going well for the Scarlet Knights. They had started 5-1 with respectable wins over the likes of Michigan and Navy.
It all came crashing down last week, however, as Rutgers was demolished 56-17 at Ohio State.
The Scarlet Knights couldn't stop J.T. Barrett and the Buckeyes offense from imposing their will, as they racked up nearly 600 yards of total offense. On the other side of the ball, Rutgers QB Gary Nova had 192 passing yards without throwing for a touchdown, and he was also picked off once. The Scarlet Knights also lost two fumbles.
Even with the running game finding some success -- Desmon Peoples had 15 carries for 83 yards and two scores and Justin Goodwin went for 64 rushing yards -- it mattered little in the end in what was an embarassing all-around showing for the road team.
Another daunting challenge awaits this weekend, and we wouldn't blame you whatsoever for staying away from Rutgers in this spot.
College Fooball Pick
The only way to go with our College Football pick on Saturday? In our minds, we have to back the Cornhuskers, as they've been superior in all phases, and that kind of balance should help them overwhelm Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights were exposed by Ohio State last weekend, and their confidence could be shattered as a result. We're not sure how they're going to respond after that kind of loss, but we feel much more comfortable siding with Nebraska to come through at home.
Led by a seemingly unstoppable Abdullah, who's already run for 1024 yards and 14 touchdowns, we're banking on a blowout win for the Cornhuskers in week nine of the college football season.
Free College Football Picks: Nebraska Cornhuskers -17 at BetOnline