Nebraska vs. Fresno State - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fresno State Bulldogs (3-9) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-7)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -28 -- Over/Under: 62 See the Latest Odds
The Fresno State Bulldogs and Nebraska Cornhuskers open their season Saturday night at Memorial Stadium on the BTN.
The Fresno State Bulldogs hope to have a bounce back season after winning just three games last year. Chason Virgil takes over at quarterback after throwing for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Jamire Jordan and Da'Mari Scott return at wide receiver after combining for more than 900 yards and eight touchdowns while KeeSean Johnson had 37 receptions. The Fresno State Bulldogs ground game averaged 136 yards per contest last season and Dontel James returns after missing all of last season. Defensively, Fresno State allowed 38.1 points and 446 yards per game. Jeff Camilli returns after 76 tackles, Brandon Hughes had three sacks and Tyquwan Glass had four interceptions.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers hope to build on last years 6-7 record in the first year under Mike Riley. Tommy Armstrong Jr. returns at quarterback after throwing for 3,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. Jordan Westerkamp and Brandon Reilly return at wide receiver after combining for more than 1,600 yards and 11 touchdowns while Alonzo Moore had 24 receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game averaged 180 yards per contest last season and Terrell Newby returns after racking up 765 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska allowed 27.8 points and 400 yards per game. Nate Gerry returns after 79 tackles, Freedom Akinmoladun had 4.5 sacks and Joshua Kalu had three interceptions.
The Bulldogs are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games.
Fresno State is no powerhouse by any means and is far outmatched in this contest. I also like Nebraska as a serious Big Ten sleeper this season. However, I'm not laying this many points with a Nebraska club that continues to struggle defensively. You can move the ball on the Cornhuskers and find cheap scores.
I'll hide and watch this game while taking my chances with the points.