Miami Hurricanes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Pick-Odds-Prediction 9/20/14
Miami Hurricanes (2-1) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Hurricanes travel to Nebraska to play the Cornhuskers on Saturday night.
The Miami Hurricanes improved to 2-1 on the season after beating Arkansas State 41-20 last weekend. Miami lost on the road at Louisville and then beat Florida A&M to start the 2014 season. Against Arkansas State, the Hurricanes gained 488 total yards while allowing 329 total yards to the Red Wolves. Both teams turned the ball over twice and there were a combined 20 penalties for over 170 yards. WR Phillip Dorsett was the player of the game for the Hurricanes, catching 4 balls for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns. QB Brad Kaaya completed 16 of 24 passed for an outstanding 342 yards to go along with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. RB Duke Johnson had 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. The Miami defense played well and after giving up 31 points to Louisville they have allowed only 27 combined points over the past two games. The Hurricanes will face there toughest test of the season thus far when they travel out to Nebraska and face a hostile environment at Memorial Stadium.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers improved to 3-0 on the season after beating Fresno State on the road 55-19 on Saturday. Nebraska beat Florida Atlantic and McNeese State at home to start the 2014 season. The Cornhuskers gained a whopping 562 total yards while holding Fresno State to 346 total yards. QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 12 of 21 passes for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also rushing for 65 yards on the ground. RB Ameer Abdullah carried the ball 19 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. WR Jordan Westerkamp led all receivers with 2 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. Armstrong Jr. has thrown 7 touchdowns this year, while Abdullah has 396 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Nebraska is averaging 324 yards on the ground a game and 47 points per contest so far this season. The Cornhuskers will face a Miami team that is far superior to any team Nebraska has played so far this season.
The Hurricanes and Cornhuskers will meet for the first time since the Rose Bowl at the end of the 2001 season when Miami rolled to a 37-14 win that finished off Miami’s fifth and most recent national championship. Obviously, that was a long time ago and much has changed since they faced off back then. Miami is improving under new head coach Al Golden and there is elite talent on both sides of the ball for the Hurricanes. Nebraska had high hopes coming into the season and a win over Miami will only boost their resume as they head into conference play. I think this will be a close game and while Nebraska may win at home on Saturday night, I’m going to take the points with the road dog.