Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Miami Hurricanes CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
Miami Hurricanes (2-1) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Hurricanes and Nebraska Cornhuskers will play Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
This will be another chance for the Miami Hurricanes to prove themselves on the road after they dropped their week 1 matchup against Louisville. Brad Kaaya seems to be more comfortable than he was in his first start, completing 60 percent of his passes for 693 yards and seven touchdowns, but he’s still tossed five interceptions. Duke Johnson is leading the way with 277 rushing yards and a couple of touchdowns, but as the opening game showed, the Hurricanes need more consistency from the quarterback position if this offense is going to work. Wide receiver Stacey Coley is questionable for this matchup with a shoulder injury. Defensively, the Miami Hurricanes have forced six turnovers, produced 11 sacks and are allowing 261.3 yards per game. Denzel Perryman leads Miami with 25 tackles and Thurston Armbrister has four sacks.
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This will be the first true test for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who are coming off a road victory over Fresno State. It’s no secret what Nebraska likes to do offensively, as it’s averaging 7.4 yards per carry and is ninth in the country in rushing yards. While four players have more than 100 rushing yards, Ameer Abdullah leads the way with 396 rushing yards and three touchdowns, often putting the Cornhuskers on his back. Tommy Armstrong Jr. is still struggling to make plays with his arm, completing just 53.1 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and one interception. Nebraska will look to keep running the ball here. Defensively, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have forced one turnover, produced six sacks and is allowing 294.7 yards per game. Nate Gerry leads Nebraska with 19 tackles and Greg McMullen has 2.5 sacks.
The Hurricanes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
You get the feeling that this is a bigger game for the Miami Hurricanes, a program eager to prove its back. Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers lost every big home game last season and really folded under the pressure. I'm afraid of the Hurricanes rookie QB on the road again, but I see this being a game that comes down to the wire, which is why I'm grabbing the points.