Two programs that are trending in the opposite directions always makes for an interesting game, as we dive into this Michigan-Nebraska prediction.
The Wolverines have looked like one of the best teams in the Big Ten this season. Between the Thunder and Lightening backfield duo of Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins, Jim Harbaugh’s led this roster to a 5-0 start to the season and a spot in the top ten. Depending on the way things play out for Penn State and Iowa, this could end up being a weekend where the Wolverines find themselves fully in the conversation for a spot in the college football playoff.
Did anyone see that coming?
And did anyone really expect that Nebraska would be where it is right now under Scott Frost?
The Cornhuskers are sitting at 3-3 on the season. They have hardly lived up to the hype that fans had when they brought Scott Frost in, but things are trending in the right direction. They hung with Oklahoma for 60 minutes. They took Michigan State to overtime. And they are coming off of a 56-7 drubbing of Northwestern last weekend.
Is this the week that the Huskers finally turn this around?
Longtime college sports writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 and The Field of 12 Network is here to break down the tantalizing matchup and provide his Michigan-Nebraska prediction for Week 6 of the college football season.
MICHIGAN-NEBRASKA BETTING LINES:
#9 MICHIGAN (5-0) at NEBRASKA (3-3)
GAME: 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
MONEYLINE: Michigan (-162), Nebraska (+130)
SPREAD: Michigan (-3)
MICHIGAN at NEBRASKA PUBLIC TRENDS:
Michigan ML: 80% money, 86% bets
Michigan Spread: 78% money, 83% bets
Over: 13% money, 47% bets
If you want to know where we are with Nebraska football at this point in time, think about this: We are complimenting this program because they lost close games, one to a rival in Oklahoma and the other to a Michigan State team that doesn’t have near the tradition the Huskers do.
We are handing out moral victories to Nebraska football!
That’s what we said about Rutgers when they hung with Michigan for four quarters. That’s not what we should be saying about Nebraska.
But I do think that is also baked into the betting line here. Michigan opening as a 3.5-point favorite against a 3-3 team on the road says a lot, as does the fact that the line has already moved. If it gets under 3, I’ll find it very hard to stay away from Michigan to cover a field goal.
Because the truth is this: I don’t trust Nebraska to be able to slow down Michigan’s running game, and while I do have questions about Harbaugh’s defense and what they can do against a dual-threat QB like Taylor Martinez, I’m buying Michigan. I think they are for real. I think the whipping they gave Wisconsin in Camp Randall last weekend says a lot.