Oregon vs. Nebraska - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0) at Oregon Ducks (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm (Autzen Stadium)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox HD; Fox Sports Go
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the Oregon Ducks this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers had all they could handle in their season opener, however, did open their season with a victory after defeating the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 43-36, this past Saturday. After a tightly contested 1st half in which Nebraska went into halftime with just a 27-26 lead, Nebraska was able to hold on for the victory after taking a 41-26 lead early in the 4th quarter. Nebraska was outgained by Arkansas State by a 497-463 margin however, did win the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Cornhuskers was RB Tre Bryant who had 192 rushing yards and a TD on 31 carries. Nebraska struggled towards the end of the 2016 season, losing 4 of their last 6 games and with only 10 returning starters on both side of the ball, it might be difficult for the Cornhuskers to have as much success as they did last season when they were ranked as high as 7th in the country. Leading the way for the Cornhuskers this season with be QB Tanner Lee and RB Tre Bryant. Nebraska ranked 33rd last season in scoring defense and 30th in total defense, however, must be a bit concern after allowing Arkansas State to throw for 415 yards and 3 TD’s in their season opener.
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The Oregon Ducks had one of their worst seasons in recent memory in 2016, finishing the year with just a 4-8 overall record, however, kicked off 2017 with a bang after defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 77-21, this past Sunday. Oregon’s offense was running on all cylinders and the Ducks had little trouble putting away the Thunderbirds after taking a 42-21 halftime lead. Oregon outgained Southern Utah by a 703-365 margin and gained an incredible 348 yards on the ground in the victory. Leading the way for the Ducks was Royce Freeman who had 150 yards and 4 TD’s on 23 carries. Oregon finished last year ranked 27th in scoring offense and the Ducks offensive should once again be very dangerous as Oregon returns 8 offensive starters from last year’s team. Leading the way for the Ducks will be QB Justin Herbert (63.5 Comp %, 19 TD, 4 INT, 215.1 yds/g), RB Royce Freeman (15.3 att/g, 85.9 yds/g, 9 TD), and WR Darren Carrington II (3.6 rec/g, 50.5 yds/g, 5 TD). Oregon’s defense was its downfall last season after the Ducks ranked 126th in the country in both scoring defense and total yards, however, with 9 returning starters, led by LB Troy Dye and DL’s Justin Hollins and Scott Pagano, there is some optimism for the Ducks to be able to be at least a middle of the road defense this season.
The Cornhuskers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games in September and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 road games. The Ducks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Big Ten opponents however, just 2-11-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Nebraska had no answers for the Arkansas State offense in their season opener and this has to be a major concern for the Cornhuskers, knowing they have to face the high power offensive of the Oregon Ducks on the road who just put up 77 points in their season opener. Nebraska should once again find some success on the ground however, I think the hiring of Jim Leavitt as the Ducks Defensive Coordinator was one of the best hires in the offseason and as I think the Ducks defense will be able to get a few stops here and there throughout the game, I think that the Oregon offense does enough to cover this spread. Take Oregon to cover.