Nebraska vs. Oregon - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oregon Ducks (1-0) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oregon Ducks and Nebraska Cornhuskers clash Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium on ABC.
The Oregon Ducks look for a statement victory in their first road game of the 2016 season. Dakota Prukop is completing 68.9 percent of his passes for 602 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Prukop has 12 passes that have produced 15 or more yards this season. Darren Carrington II and Devon Allen have combined for 317 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Pharaoh Brown has six receptions. The Oregon Ducks ground game is averaging 276 yards per contest, and Royce Freeman leads the way with 294 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Oregon is allowing 27 points and 390 yards per game. Troy Dye leads the Ducks with 17 tackles, Jalen Jelks has two sacks and Khalil Oliver has one interception.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers also look to improve to 3-0 on the season in their third straight home game. Tommy Armstrong Jr. is completing 56.8 percent of his passes for 485 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Armstrong has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Alonzo Moore and Jordan Westerkamp have combined for 312 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Brandon Reilly has two receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 215 yards per contest, and Devine Ozigbo leads the way with 147 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 13.5 points and 297 yards per game. Kieron Williams leads the Cornhuskers with 15 tackles, Ross Dzuris has 2.5 sacks and Nathan Gerry has two interceptions.
The Ducks are 22-5 ATS in their last 27 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The one thing that scares me with Oregon is the lack of defense, as the Ducks have allowed 26 or more points now in eight straight games. Nebraska also seems to get up for big games at home, as we saw last year against Wisconsin, Michigan State and Iowa, games that all came down to the wire. I trust the Cornhuskers a little bit more at home than I do Oregon on the road with a suspect defense.
Cornhuskers get a big victory against a ranked team.