Purdue Boilermakers at Nebraska Cornhuskers - 10/22/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Purdue Boilermakers (3-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -23.5 -- Over/Under: 61.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC, ESP2
Headed our way on Saturday from Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, the Purdue Boilermakers will visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Week 8 college football action.
Purdue comes into this one at .500 with a 3-3 record following the pattern of winning every other game so far. The Boilermakers’ most recent game was a 49-35 loss to Iowa this past Saturday. In that one, Purdue allowed Iowa touchdowns on five of their six first-half possessions. For his part, Boilermakers QB David Blough finished 30-of-59 for 458 yards and five touchdowns, while Cole Herdman led the receivers with seven catches for 104 yards and a TD. Purdue RB Markell Jones couldn’t get much going on the ground, though, with nine carries for just 33 yards.
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On the season so far, Blough is 148-of-265 for 1756 yards and a 12:10 TD:INT ratio for the Boilermakers. Jones leads Purdue with 82 carries for 372 yards and two TDs, while DeAngelo Yancey is the top receiver so far on 24 catches for 391 yards and three touchdowns.
Over on the Nebraska side, they’re sitting pretty at 6-0, and are fresh off a relatively close 27-22 victory over Indiana last Saturday. During that game, Cornhuskers QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. went 10-of-26 for 208 yards, one TD and two interceptions while Stanley Morgan Jr. led the receivers on three catches for 93 yards and one TD. Nebraska RB Terrell Newby was the big performer here, however, with his 22 carries for 102 yards and a TD.
So far this year for Nebraska, Armstrong is 86-of-155 for 1359 yards and a 10:4 TD:INT mark. Newby leads the Cornhuskers in rushing with 81 carries for 429 yards and four touchdowns, while Alonzo Moore has put up 12 receptions for a team-high 310 yards and two scores.
Purdue is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up loss, and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss. Purdue is also 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in October.
Meanwhile, Nebraska is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five home games. Nebraska is also 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win, and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games on field turf.
The line in this game is really thick, so we should see plenty of action on both sides. Purdue can put up the points, though, as they’ve managed at least 24 in four of their six games, and a combined 69 in their last two. As for Nebraska, they’re not exactly blowing the doors off people in their last few outings, and they will sometimes play down to the competition. With that in mind, I don’t think Purdue has any chance to win this game, but I do think they’ll cover a very thick line.