Line: Nebraska -24
I see this as a really good spot for Nebraska. They are coming off a beat down against UCLA in which their defense was run over (through and around) by the Bruins. Now they return to Lincoln and take a major step down in competition against Sun Belt foe Arkansas State. I don’t think HC Pelini will be in a very good mood this week and I have to believe he will be stressing defense all week long.
The Nebraska offense should have little trouble scoring on this Red Wolves defense. This isn’t the same Arkansas State team that won 10 games last year. Their defense was pretty much decimated by graduation. I watched the Oregon game and the Red Wolves D is terrible. Nebraska’s offense isn’t Oregon, but it is pretty good and I just don’t see Arkansas State holding them below 50 points. Oregon literally started subbing at the 7:03 mark of the 2nd quarter up 50-3. Had they so desired, they could have easily scored 100 points. Nebraska may not be so benevolent.
Can Arkansas State score in the 30’s to keep this within the number? They scored 34 against Oregon and Arkansas State QB Alpin is pretty good, but in that Oregon game, all but 3 points were in garbage time. After the Huskers defensive performance last week, I doubt Arkansas State gets anywhere near 30 points. My guess is HC Pelini and the Cornhuskers will want to make amends for last week‘s debacle in the Rose Bowl and will not let up defensively.
The Cornhuskers beat Southern Miss by 29 points in week one, and the Golden Eagles are a more talented overall than this Arkansas State team. I see no reason why the Huskers can’t repeat that same kind of dominance and beat the Red Wolves by 30 plus points.
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