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Nebraska vs. Troy - 9/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Troy Trojans (1-1) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-1)
Date & Time Saturday September 15, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -8.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Troy Trojans (1-1) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-1)
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The Troy Trojans and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.

The Troy Trojans take to the road for the first time this season and have a chance to win at least two of their first three games for the third straight season. The Troy Trojans have won five straight road games. Kaleb Barker is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 351 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Barker and Sawyer Smith have combined for six touchdown passes this season. Deondre Douglas and Damion Willis have combined for 203 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Sidney Davis has four receptions. The Troy Trojans ground game is averaging 208 yards per contest, and Jabir Daughtry-Frye leads the way with 112 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Troy is allowing 31.5 points and 351.5 yards per game. Justin Whisenhunt leads the Troy Trojans with 11 tackles, Antonio Showers has two sacks and Tron Folsom has two interceptions.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers look for a bounce back performance and prevent an 0-2 start for the first time in over a decade. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost five straight home games. Adrian Martinez is completing 75 percent of his passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Martinez enters this game with 20 career pass attempts under his belt. Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman have combined for 142 receiving yards and one touchdown while Mike Williams has three receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 329 yards per contest, and Martinez leads the way with 117 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 33 points and 395 yards per game. Mohamed Barry leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 12 tackles, Khalil Davis has two sacks and Dicaprio Bootle has two pass deflections.

The Trojans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-6 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. S-Belt, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Cornhuskers last 5 games overall and the over is 5-1 in Trojans last 6 games overall.

The Troy Trojans have been one of the more solid teams in the country as of late, losing just three games since last year and beating some quality teams on the road. Troy is also 6-2 ATS in its last eight games when an underdog of at least seven points. The Nebraska Cornhuskers looked like the same team from last in their loss to Colorado, as they couldn't stop anything in the passing game and turned the ball over three times on offense. Nebraska may have the right coach, but it's clearly going to take time before this team becomes something in the Big Ten, and until then, they're hard to trust betting wise. Adrian Martinez is also questionable with a knee injury. I'll take the team I know is going to show up at both ends. 

Troy Trojans +8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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