College Football Week 2 Picks: Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. No. 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Saturday, 9/7/13, 6:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Nebraska -31
Current Betting Line:  Nebraska -28.5
Opening Total:  59.5
Current Total:  59.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

Nebraska Cornhuskers QB Taylor Martinez is 13-1 SU in 14 career games before the month of October
Nebraska Cornhuskers QB Taylor Martinez is 13-1 SU in 14 career games before the month of October

Southern Miss starts a three-game road swing over the next four weeks, as it looks to bounce back after dropping a 22-15 decision to Texas State as 7.5-point home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total of 56.5.  The Golden Eagles did win the statistical battle in that affair, which is important to consider when making your college football betting picks Saturday.  The program has tallied a 3-6 all-time record against current members of the Big Ten Conference.  Southern Miss is 6-6 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 9-3 in that situation.

The Golden Eagles saw a streak of 18 consecutive winning seasons snapped in 2012, as it compiled a 0-12 record.  Heading into the 2013 season, Southern Miss returned just 32.9 percent of its total offense from last year.  Senior running back Kendrick Hardy needs 493 yards to register 2,000 rushing yards for his career.  Redshirt senior Allan Bridgford got the nod at quarterback in the opener, as he completed 28 of 53 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown.

Nebraska continues its season-opening homestand after picking up a 37-34 victory over the Wyoming Cowboys as 31-point favorites Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 65.5.  The Cornhuskers were outgained by 72 yards in that affair, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.  The program has won nine straight home games, while it has proven victorious in its last 13 contests against non-conference opponents at Memorial Stadium.  Nebraska is 9-11 ATS as favorites since 2011, with the UNDER going 10-9-1 in that situation.

The Cornhuskers are 38-5 under the lights in front of their home fans, with 29 of those victories coming by 13 or more points.  Nebraska’s five losses in this situation have all come against teams that won at least 10 games in that season.  Quarterback Taylor Martinez is 13-1 in games prior to October in his career, with the offense averaging 42.3 points in those contests.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cornhuskers due to the Golden Eagles being 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.

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