Play Nebraska +2.5 vs. Minnesota With Your College Football Picks

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:38 PM GMT

We’re going to take an early look at Saturday’s game between Nebraska and Minnesota. Go inside to read our betting preview, which includes a point spread college football pick.

Huskers and Gophers Collide on Saturday
Minnesota (4-2) will host Nebraska (2-4) on Saturday in a Big Ten battle. The opening kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is slated for 3:30 PM ET. Current (10/14) college football odds at 5Dimes indicate that Minnesota is a 2.5-point favorite and the posted total is 47.5. Minnesota has won and covered against Nebraska in each of the past two seasons.

 

Tough Luck Kids
The Nebraska Cornhuskers could realistically be 6-0 this year instead of their current record of 2-4. Their four defeats came by a combined 11 points, and all of those losses have come in heartbreaking fashion. They lost to BYU 33-28 when the Cougars scored with 0:01 to go on a 42 yard “Hail Mary”. Then there was the 36-33 overtime loss at Miami in which they overcame a 33-10 deficit with eleven minutes to play, only to fail in extra time. Illinois threw a 4th down 10 yard touchdown pass with 0:10 to play in a 14-13 win over Nebraska. Finally there was last Saturday when Wisconsin converted on a 46 yard field goal with 0:04 left to knock of Nebraska 23-21. Head coach Mike Riley either needs serious mental therapy at this point, or may have a severe stomach ulcer. If it weren’t for bad luck, this team would have no luck at all.

 

Not Spectacular but Steady
The only two losses suffered by Minnesota this season came against #3 TCU, and 20th ranked Northwestern. They actually played TCU quite tough before falling 23-17 at home. Their 27-0 loss to Northwestern was a whole different story. On the other side of the agenda, three of their four wins this year have come by a field goal. Those narrow victories over Colorado State 23-20 in overtime, Kent State 10-7, and Ohio University 27-24, came against teams that aren’t members of a “Power Five Conference”. On a more positive note, the Gophers hammered Purdue last week 41-13 on the road in their Big Ten opener. However, the Boilermakers lone victory this season came at the hands of an opponent playing at the FCS level, and more than likely will be their only victory this season.

 

Final Analysis
Despite Nebraska being snake bit, it hasn’t deterred their effort level, nor has it affected their desire to win. Contrary to Nebraska who could be undefeated with any luck, Minnesota can very easily be 1-5 at this juncture. In a game that I’ll be steering clear of, one of my college football picks this week that’s strictly opinion based favors the Cornhuskers.

College Football Picks: Play on Nebraska +2.5 at 5Dimes

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