On Saturday, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-1) will face the No. 22 Colorado Buffaloes (1-0).
Nebraska lost its season opener at home 13-10. The Cornhuskers fell apart late, allowing Minnesota to score ten points in the game’s final minutes. Quarterback Jeff Sims was disappointing in his Nebraska debut, tossing three picks, including one in the red zone, in the loss. Meanwhile, Colorado is fresh off a road upset against then No. 17 TCU. Buffs QB Shedeur Sanders was electric, tossing for 500 yards and four scores.
Nebraska vs. Colorado Betting Odds
|Cornhuskers||+2.5 (+100)||Over 58.5 (-110)||+120|
|Buffaloes||-2.5 (-120)||Under 58.5 (-110)||-140|
Odds Courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook
Nebraska vs. Colorado Match Details
Fixture: Nebraska Cornhuskers @ Colorado Buffaloes
Date & Time: Saturday, September 9, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado
Nebraska vs. Colorado Key Stats
Matt Rhule is now 0-1 as the head coach for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The offense fell flat against Minnesota in the season opener, accumulating just 295 yards while committing four turnovers. Quarterback Jeff Sims struggled in his first game with Nebraska, throwing for just 114 yards and a score with three interceptions. Sims, a transfer from Georgia Tech, tossed 30 touchdowns against 23 picks before transferring this offseason. However, Sims spearheaded a solid rushing attack, tallying 91 yards on 19 attempts.
Defensively, Nebraska held its own in Matt Rhule’s debut. The Cornhuskers allowed just 2.2 yards per carry against the Golden Gophers. They also kept opposing quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis to just 24-for-44 for 196 yards. However, they will get a much stronger test in Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders in Week 2.
The Colorado Buffaloes offense was eclectic in Week 1. Colorado totaled 565 yards, including 510 in the air. The Buffs entered their opener as a three-touchdowns underdog but lit up a TCU defense that held opposing passers to a Big-12 best 55% completion percentage in 2022. Conversely, the running game was nonexistent, with no rusher averaging more than four years per carry.
Defensively, Colorado struggled mightily against the run. The Horned Frogs averaged 7.1 yards per attempt on the Buffs, including four rushing touchdowns. Nebraska also has an identity of running the football.
Nebraska vs. Colorado Betting Prediction
I like Nebraska in this matchup. The school fell apart late in its opener against Minnesota, but the Golden Gophers remain one of the better programs in the Big Ten. Meanwhile, Colorado is riding high after a program-defining win at TCU, but they showed little ability to stop the run. With Nebraska so good at running the ball and stopping the pass, I like the Huskers to keep it close or win on Saturday.