LAS VEGAS – At the end of August, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost seemed to be in a hopeless situation. His job was in jeopardy and his team was thrown in the trash after the Illinois defeat at the start of the season.
The Cornhuskers didn’t return from the dead – a win over the Northwest doesn’t fit the bold statement – but they regained hope and had a chance to change the course of events against 9-Michigan on Saturday.
The Nebraska season began to be optimistic after defeats in Oklahoma and Michigan in late September. The Cornhuskers (3-3) pulled their opponent in every ranking on the road as their defense and quarterback Adrian Martines showed a clear improvement. Martines hit a total of 1,875 yards (1,463 passes, 412 runs) and 15 shots.
The Wolverines (5-0) are in top spot after winning 38-17 in Wisconsin last week. In a big game for coach Jim Harba, the Michigan defense dominated the Badgers ’bad attack and forced three turns. Still, questions remain about the power of Harbaugh’s crime.
It’s a better place for the Cornhuskers, who can eventually hit both sides of the ball and saturate the crowd’s energy at a game in Lincoln last night. It’s a harder place for the Wolverines, who have been playing the “Big Ten” tour games in a row and still have to prove it. This is a warning from the cold.
Selection: Nebraska +3.
Texas (+3.5) over Oklahoma
The Sooners won 0-4 against Tulane, Nebraska, West Virginia and Kansas, and defender Spencer Rattler’s fall from the Heisman Trophy was quick. Oklahoma crime is not synchronized.
This duel in Dallas is largely determined by the Oklahoma defense, which ranks seventh in the country in running, with 83.6 yards per game. The Longhorns are led by Bijan Robinson, one of the most talented defenders in the country. Robinson ran 216 yards in 35 tackles against TCU last week. In three games as quarterback with Casey Thompson, Texas averaged 558 yards and 53.3 points.
Oklahoma has a 13-year lead against Texas, but the Longhorns are 7-2 ATS, have won three of their last nine games, and are like live dogs for first-year head coach Steve Sargsyan.
New Mexico (+29) over NEVADA
It’s never easy to support an ugly dog like the Aggies, but their crime is showing life. Jonah Johnson went 300 yards last week as New Mexico (+25) lost 37-31 to San Jose.
It should be the right place for a pack of wolves who have upset Boise State on the road and want to rest midfielder Carson Strong and other players in the second quarter.
Last week: 1-3. Wisconsin (L), Notre Dame (L), Stanford (W), Arkansas (L).