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Could Nebraska Go OVER Their Lofty 2019 Win Total?

Adrian Martinez Nebraska Cornhuskers 2019 NCAAF Betting Preview Football

Second-year head coach Scott Frost is expecting big things from his squad in 2019. This is a guy who knows how to win and has proved it at Central Florida, going 13-0 as a head coach, and as a player while at Nebraska. To get to nine wins is asking a lot from a team that only had four last season, but if anyone can do it, coach Frost is your guy.

Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez is in the top five in the Heisman Trophy discussion, as well he should be, as he had a special season on a bad team. He was 12th in the nation in combined passing and rushing yards and you can expect that statistic only to improve. Martinez also passed for the most yards by a freshman quarterback in Cornhuskers history.

Prolific Offense Returns Seven Starters

This Nebraska offense averaged 456 yards a game while putting up 30 points per game. The team returns seven starters on offense and 13 starters overall. Wide receiver JD Spielman is back and was the fastest player in school history to get to 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards.

The ’Huskers defense definitely needs to fill some holes but they did make strides and never quit on Frost, especially in the second half of the season. In its last five games, Nebraska gave up only 23 points per game compared to 37 in its first seven games. Coming in to bolster the defense, Nebraska has impact freshmen such as safety Myles Farmer, defensive end Ty Robinson and inside linebacker Nick Henrick.

Even though they only won four games, the ’Huskers gave Ohio State an unexpected tough game, only losing by five points. They get the Buckeyes at home, a game Martinez is eyeing. He had three touchdowns in the Horseshoe last year and actually outplayed Buckeye standout quarterback and Heisman finalist Dwayne Haskins.

Ohio State Poses Game of Year for ’Huskers

That is the game Frost, Martinez and the whole state of Nebraska can’t wait for. It is more than reasonable to think that Nebraska could be 4-0 heading into their game of the year.

Aside from playing Ohio State, the Cornhuskers schedule is quite favorable as they don’t have to play Michigan, Michigan State or Penn State. The toughest team they play on the road is Minnesota, who’s average at best. They also on the road get Illinois (OVER/UNDER is 4.5), Colorado (3.5 is O/U), Purdue, who has a new quarterback, and Maryland, whose OVER/UNDER is only 4. Nebraska also has very winnable non-conference home games vs the Jaguars of South Alabama and Northern Illinois.

I’ve got them locked into seven wins with three other possible wins, so if they can stay healthy, they have the firepower and coaching to get to nine, maybe 10 wins.

Nebraska Regular-Season Prediction: 9-3


Wins
  • 1. South Alabama
  • 2. Colorado
  • 3. Northern Illinois
  • 4. Illinois
  • 5. Ohio State
  • 6. Indiana
  • 7. Purdue
  • 8. Maryland
  • 9. Iowa


Losses
  • 1. Northwestern
  • 2. Minnesota
  • 3. Wisconsin

Nebraska 2019 Regular-Season Win totals
2019 Win TotalOdds
OVER 8.5-125
UNDER 8.5-105

Odds as of August 22 at Bovada

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