Children of the Cornhuskers: Nebraska versus Indiana
Posted by: Mike Davis
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are the NCAA football betting favorites to beat the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday, October 15th at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. These are the odds for people betting on college football:
Nebraska -3 (-125) 56 (-110) -170
Nebraska went 5-0 and snuck its way into the top 10 with a 31-win over the Illinois Fighting Illini last week. Cornhusker senior running back Terry Newby rushed for 140 yards on 27 carries with two TDs. And he wasn’t bogarting the ball either; Devine Ozigbo left the game late in the third quarter with an ankle injury, and backup Mikale Wilbon got pretty beat up as well. Nebraska scored 21 unanswered points to rally from a 16-10 scoreboard. Newby’s two TDs came in the fourth quarter; a period in which the Cornhuskers have outscored their five opponents 78-6. “It’s a game of inches,” Newby said. “I tried to do everything I could to stretch the ball out.” Well, as long as he doesn’t deflate the ball, it’s all good.
The Hoosiers turned Ohio State Stadium into a no-fly zone, and forced the Buckeyes to rely on their ground game. This plan had only one flaw; the Buckeyes’ ground game is really, really good. Indiana QB Richard Lagow finished 14 of 28 for 182 yards with two TDs and one interception – much better passing than his Ohio State counterpart J.T. Barrett – but Indiana only had 99 yards rushing and 281 total yards, to the Buckeye’s 383.
These two teams certainly have differing aspirations. The Cornhuskers are aiming to ride the momentum to a 6-0 start to the season and remain a viable college football playoff selection. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers are eyeing a bowl appearance and for that they have to keep on the winning side of the record. On paper, Indiana is the NCAA football betting underdog, and as such, they are not strangers to pulling upsets against ranked teams – for example, their double OT 24-21 win over then-no. 17 Michigan State Spartans. The Hoosiers are 7-3 against the spread in their past 10 games after an ATS win, and 5-0 against the spread in their previous five Big Ten games.
However, the Cornhuskers have emerged as a true dark horse in the Big Ten conference, leading the West Division – which they seem poised to win. The Hoosiers are 12-3 against the spread in their past 15 away games and 4-1-1 against the spread in their previous six games overall, as well as 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games after an ATS win and 5-0 against the spread in their past 5 Big Ten games. The Huskers running game is averaging 234.2 yards per game, and Newby leads the team with 327 yards and three scores. Nebraska is allowing 17.6 points and 346.8 yards per game on defense. The Hoosiers are averaging 160.6 yards on the ground per game, and Devine Redding has 491 yards on 105 carries. On defensive, Indiana has allowed 25 points and 375 yards per game. This one could be close but Nebraska has the slight NCAA football betting edge.