The Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) started their season with a disappointing loss at Minnesota and then got run out of Folsom Field by the Colorado Buffaloes. Since then, they have tuned up with wins over NIU and Louisiana Tech, but reality is coming as the second-ranked Michigan Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) come Saturday to continue conference play. Heinrich Haarberg looks to make his third straight start at quarterback after taking over for Jeff Sims, who hurt his ankle in the Colorado game. Haarberg leads the team in rushing with 272 yards. What will he be able to do against the Michigan defense? Read on to get our college football betting thoughts in the game between Michigan vs Nebraska as you plan your weekend wagering.
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When: Saturday, September 30, 2023, 3:30 pm ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
Radio: No National Broadcast
Live Stream: Hulu
NCAAF Odds: Michigan -17 / O/U 39 // Michigan -900 / Nebraska +600
Why should you bet on the Michigan Wolverines?
The Wolverines have put up 31.8 points per game, gaining 405.3 yards per contest. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy has a 79.8% pass completion rate, throwing for 915 yards in four games with an 8:3 TD:INT ratio. In the running game, Blake Corum has run for 351 yards so far, gaining 6.1 yards per carry and finding the end zone eight times. The defense has allowed a total of 23 points in four games, allowing 231 yards per game. They have picked off four passes and registered nine quarterback sacks.
Michigan leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 7-4-1, in 12 meetings. Interestingly, Michigan has yet to cover a spread this season, pushing once in four games, but that has more to do with the massive spread size. Here, a 17-point spread in the team’s first road game seems more reasonable. The “under” has hit in nine of the Wolverines’ last 14 games and in nine of the Cornhuskers’ last 12, and as conservatively as the Wolverines have approached running up the score, the “under” might hit again here.
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Why should you put your money on the Nebraska Cornhuskers?
Nebraska has been putting up decent points, averaging 21.8 points per game and gaining 359.3 yards. The emphasis is on the running game as the Huskers average 234.8 yards per game on the ground. Both Jeff Sims and Heinrich Haarberg are run-first quarterbacks. Haarberg is expected to get the start again this week and has just a 51 percent pass completion rate. He has thrown for 278 yards with four touchdown passes and has yet to throw an interception.
The Nebraska defense has permitted just 54 total points this season, and the rushing defense has been particularly solid, allowing only 46.3 yards on the ground per game. The pass rush has yielded 14 sacks, and the defense has gotten four takeaways (three picks and a fumble recovery), but this defense has not yet seen an offense that has the weapons that Michigan brings. Giving up 36 points to Colorado is a sign that the Nebraska defense will be exposed by an offense like Michigan’s.
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Michigan vs Nebraska Final Score and Prediction
Nebraska’s defense looks to be stouter than it has in recent seasons, and the offense has looked efficient at times. However, the Cornhuskers struggled to score on a Colorado defense that gave up 35 points against Colorado State. The Michigan defense could make things very hard for the Cornhuskers this week. I predict a final score of Michigan 38, Nebraska 13.
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