Purdue Boilermakers (1-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-3)
College Football: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium-Lincoln)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers +3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Purdue Boilermakers look to climb out of a rough 1-3 hole when they take to the road for the first time this season. The Purdue Boilermakers have lost three of their last four road games. David Blough is completing 71.6 percent of his passes for 990 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Blough and Elijah Sindelar have combined for eight touchdown passes and four interceptions. Rondale Moore and Brycen Hopkins have combined for 577 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Isaac Zico has 12 receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 165.2 yards per contest, and D.J. Knox leads the way with 303 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 26 points and 413.5 yards per game. Derrick Barnes leads the Purdue Boilermakers with 31 tackles, Cornel Jones has 2.5 tackles for loss and Kai Higgins has two interceptions.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are still searching for their first win of the season to avoid an awful 0-4 start. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost six straight home games. Adrian Martinez is completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Martinez and Andrew Bunch have combined for three touchdown passes and four interceptions this season. Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman have combined for 317 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Mike Williams has three receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 185 yards per contest, and Greg Bell leads the way with 171 yards on 33 carries. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 37.7 points and 379.7 yards per game. Mohamed Barry leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 26 tackles, Luke Gifford has 2.5 sacks and Lamar Jackson has one interception.
The Boilermakers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games on fieldturf, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 1-11-2 ATS in their last 14 home games. The road team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the underdog is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are being outsocred by 18.7 points on the season and seem to be playing worse each week. While we're still early in the season, the pressure has to be building for Scott Frost and his staff, as there were huge expectations with his hire. To make matters worse, Nebraska has been downright awful ATS at home dating back to last season, so there's little reason to consider them as home underdogs. The Purdue Boilermakers are coming off a monster upset win over Boston College, and while it takes more than one result to change how I view a team, you do have to like the confidence of that victory added with a team that's covered 11 of their last 14 games on the road. I'm not overly confident in Purdue, but I'm not Nebraska for anything, as it's been a horrible start to the season and very few positives. So, give me the road warriors in the Purdue Boilermakers.