Wyoming Cowboys at Nebraska Cornhuskers Free Pick 8/31/13
Wyoming Cowboys (0-0) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -28 --- Over/Under: 64.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: BTN HD
The Wyoming Cowboys square off with the Nebraska Cornhuskers to kick off the 2013 season.
The Cowboys obviously didn't have a great 2012 and most of their problems revolved around keeping opponents off the scoreboard. Opponents averaged around 470 yards with the front seven getting pushed around on the ground to the tune 233 yards per game which was near the bottom of the country. On the flip side we have a Wyoming offense averaging nearly 27 points with a top 40 passing attack that averaged 265 yards with star quarterback Brett Smith throwing for over 2,800 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. With three of their top four receivers back and virtually all their top runners returning as well, the Cowboys should be able to put up some points which could be a necessity if the defense doesn't find a way to slow the run.
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Nebraska football and top 20 finishes go hand in hand and are almost as natural as breathing. Having said that the goal of the Cornhuskers is to return to the glory years where the team was competing for National Championships. Based on what we saw from the offense in 2012, this unit has tremendous ability to move the ball and find the end zone with seven players back from a unit that totaled 253 rushing yards and routinely scored with ease. With dual threat quarterback Taylor Martinez throwing for just under 2,900 yards and using his legs to gain 1,019 yards, the Huskers are in good shape. With leading rusher Ameer Abdullah (226-1137) and the top three receivers back the Huskers are as potent and dangerous as any team in the conference. The defense is a concern with just four players returning combining with the departure of their top five tacklers so this will be the focus in the early going.
I don't think Wyoming will be able to stop Nebraska unless the Huskers get a case of butterfingers and give the ball away. At the same time I believe the Cowboys will score some points with plenty of talent on the offensive side of the football. If I'm right the four touchdowns is too many points to give and the over should fall...