Big Ten Conference Football Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Saturday, 11/23/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Penn State -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Penn State -1.5
Opening Total:  50.5
Current Total:  50
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 2-7 SUATS as underdogs since 2011
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 2-7 SUATS as underdogs since 2011

Nebraska had its two-game winning streak snapped in suffering a 41-28 setback to the Michigan State Spartans as 5.5-point home underdogs last Saturday, but it has still won the statistical battle in its last three contests.  The Cornhuskers own an 8-7 overall edge in this series, including wins in the first two meetings between the schools as members of the Big Ten Conference, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting lines in Week 13.  Offensively, the team is led by running back Ameer Abdullah, who ran for 123 yards on 22 carries against the top-ranked defense in the country against the run last week.  Nebraska is 2-7 SUATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 6-3 in that situation.

The Cornhuskers are 18-5 SU in the month of November in Bo Pelini’s six seasons as head coach, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions Saturday afternoon.  Nebraska is one of only 17 teams in the country averaging 200 yards per game both rushing and passing—a group that includes the Ohio State Buckeyes from the conference.

Penn State has alternated wins and losses over its last nine games, as it comes off a 45-21 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers as 21.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 48.  The Nittany Lions are led offensively by quarterback Christian Hackenberg and wide receiver Allen Robinson, with the unit averaging 29.3 points per game.  The unit will be tested in facing a team that leads the conference and ranks fourth nationally with 32 sacks.  Penn State is 2-0 SUATS as home favorites of three or fewer points since 2011, with both games going OVER the betting total.

The Nittany Lions will have 17 players play their final game in Beaver Stadium in this affair, with the program earning on-field victories in 20 of its 23 Senior Days since 1990.   It’s also important to point out that the four teams that have beaten Penn State during the 2013 campaign own a combined record of 30-9.

Sports bettors will likely back the Nittany Lions due to the Cornhuskers being 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 road games versus teams with a winning home record.

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