This game will feature an encounter between two former storied programs who are still searching for the return of their glory days. Both teams’ championship days are in the past, but they do make for entertaining football.
College football week 3 spread betting action features the 3.5-point underdog Nebraska Cornhuskers on the road to face the Miami Hurricanes. The game kicks off this Saturday, Sept 19th at 3:30 PM ET from SunLife Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ABC and streamed live via Watch ESPN.
Betting Trends That Influenced My Opinion:
- Nebraska Cornhuskers 5-1 On Road since last season
- Nebraska Cornhuskers 3-1 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes 1-2 When Line was 55.5 to 59.5 since last season
- Nebraska Cornhuskers 3-1 As Road Underdog since last season
- Nebraska Cornhuskers 5-1 O-U On Road since last season
- Nebraska Cornhuskers 7-2 O-U When Line is 50 to 60 since last season
- Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes 5-3 O-U When Line is 50 to 60 since last season
- Nebraska Cornhuskers 4-2 O-U When Line was 55.5 to 59.5 since last season
- Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes 4-1 O-U When Line was 55.5 to 59.5 since last season
- Nebraska Cornhuskers 4-3 O-U vs Teams Averaging 25 to 32 PPG since last season
Analyzing The Nebraska Cornhuskers Vs Miami Hurricanes Online Betting Odds & My Free Pick
What: Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-1) at Miami (FL) Hurricanes (2-0)
When: Saturday, Sept 19th, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Miami, FL
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Weather: 88°F/Widely Scattered Storms
Wind: SW 11mph
Spread: Miami (FL) -3.5
Moneyline: Nebraska +150 vs Miami (FL) -170
Game Total: 58
Watch: ABC/ESPN 2
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Nebraska Vs Miami (FL)
Why Bet On Nebraska to Beat Miami (-3.5)
Nebraska’s offense looks to be much improved under new coach Mike Riley. Riley has installed a pro system offense. So far so good. In their first game of the season, the Cornhuskers put up 28 points versus BYU’s very talented defense. Nebraska lost the game on a Hail Mary pass, but the offense did go for 445 total yards.
QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. is becoming more and more effective under Riley’s tutelage. Armstrong Jr. has thrown for 589 yards and 5 touchdowns to only 1 interception. He’s completing 63% of his passes. The completion percentage should go up as the season wears on. He’s also not rushing nearly as much as he did last season, which is a good sign for the Cornhuskers.
Nebraska does face a tough task taking on Miami’s defense. The Hurricanes are allowing an average of 234 yards and 10 points per game. Miami has also covered the spread in their first 2 games. The covers can be attributed to the ‘Canes’ ability to shutting down opposing offenses from getting into the end zone.
Why Bet On Miami (-3.5) to Beat Nebraska
One of the issues that Riley always had at Oregon State was stopping opposing offenses from scoring at will. That’s why the Beavers never really took off as a program in the Pac 12. Riley is known as a quarterbacks’ coach. He’s not known as someone who fields shut down defenses.
The fans in Lincoln have to already be frustrated after watching the Cornhuskers lose to BYU on a Hail Mary pass. After they play Miami on Saturday, the fans in Lincoln might already be calling for the school to fire Riley if the ‘Canes’ can get their offense going.
Miami’s offense has been tremendously effective in the ‘Canes’ first 2 games of the season. Versus Bethune-Cook in Week 1, QB Brad Kaaya passed for 175 yards and 2 TDs. In the second game versus Florida Atlantic, Kaaya passed for 187 yards and a TD. In both games, Miami’s rushing attack did well. The ‘Canes rushed for 223 yards versus Florida Atlantic. They rushed for 195 yards and a 7.5 per carry average versus Bethune-Cook.
If Miami’s offense is able to break down Nebraska’s defense, they’ll have a shot at winning the game. Nebraska’s defense is allowing an average of 421.5 yards and 21 points per game. Most of the yardage and points occurred in their battle versus BYU, though.
That’s the problem for Miami. Nebraska should be undefeated. They should have beaten a very good team in BYU in Week 1. Miami hasn’t played against anybody close to Nebraska’s caliber. I am picking Nebraska to win and cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs and the Over 58. My final score prediction is Nebraska 35, Miami 24.