The BYU Cougars visit the 7-point favorite Nebraska Cornhuskers in College Football week 1 betting action. The game kicks off on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can watch the game coast to coast on ABC. Live streaming is available through WatchESPN on ESPN3.
A Closer Look At The BYU Cougars vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV Info
BYU Cougars vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Start Time: 3:30 PM ET
Location: Lincoln, NE
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Odds: Nebraska -7
Game Total: 61
Radio: BYU vs Nebraska
TV Info: ABC
Stream: Watch ESPN
Analysis: While the BYU Cougars (8-5 SU, 5-8 ATS) face a much tougher schedule than they did a year ago and kick off their 2015 regular season with a tough road date against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4 SU, 8-4-1 ATS), I believe the return of superstar quarterback Taysom Hill makes the Cougars a team that everyone had better watch out for in 2015.
Bronco Mendenhall’s squad was a perfect 4-0 and ranked 18th in the nation when Hill broke his leg in the second quarter against Utah State. The Cougars then lost their next four games as their 2014 season fell apart shortly thereafter.
Nevertheless, the Cougars managed to win eight games and will definitely be better because of the return of their Heisman Trophy candidate.
The multi-faceted Hill had completed 66.7 percent of his passes through four-plus games last season while rushing for another 460 yards and eight touchdowns. If Hill plays anywhere near the level he’s capable of, then BYU’s 15th-ranked scoring offense (37.1 ppg) could explode on their opponents even more in 2015.
The Cougars’ September schedule includes this affair against Nebraska along with dates against Boise State, UCLA and Michigan. Mendenhall told reporters that he wants to make sure that his Cougars are looked at as a legitimate national title contender by playing as many elite teams as possible.
“We’re playing our way into contention and national recognition through the best opponents on the biggest stages, mostly away from home,” he says.
Nebraska won nine games in 2014, but apparently school officials wanted to go in a new direction, so they fired head coach Bo Pelini at the conclusion of the season and hired former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley to help them take another step forward in their quest to become national champions.
Ironically enough, while Riley has only been able to reach the 10-win mark once in his career (2008) Bo Pelini won nine or 10 games in each of his seven seasons at Nebraska.
In addition to learning a new system, Nebraska will need to overcome the loss of fleet-footed running back Ameer Abdullah and et amore consistent season out of quarterback Tommy Armstrong.
The former Texas high school star completed an unimpressive 53.3 percent of his passes a year ago, though Nebraska still managed to average a stellar 37.8 points per game to finish 13th in scoring.
If the Huskers can find a suitable replacement for Abdullah and play the same kind of defense they did in finishing 60th in points allowed (26.4 ppg), they could very well reach nine wins in Riley’s first season.
For this contest however, I like the BYU Cougars to not only cover the spread, but to give the Cornhuskers all they can handle for the outright win. I’m going to take BYU to get the outright road win upset thanks mostly to the efforts of the underrated Taysom Hill.
I know BYU Is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 non-conference games while Nebraska has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against non-conference foes, the combination of losing Bo Pelini, plus the return of Taysom Hill, leads me to believe the Cornhuskers could be in big trouble!
I am picking the BYU Cougars plus the points as my winning bet.