The Big Ten Conference will finally kick their season off this Saturday and the Nebraska Cornhuskers may have the toughest matchup of any team in the conference when they travel to Ohio Stadium in Columbus to take on the fifth-ranked team in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes once again have aspirations for a national title and will accept nothing less. Mybookie has the Buckeyes as 26 point favorites.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Preview: Will There Be Enough Depth?
The Nebraska Cornhuskers come into the season after missing bowl season for the second consecutive season a year ago. The Huskers will be led by junior quarterback Adrian Martinez, who was hampered by injuries last season after shining as a freshman.
Martinez missed two games a season ago because of a knee injury and had surgery on his throwing shoulder in the offseason. The extra time off has helped him heal properly and is ready to go. While Nebraska has veteran players at skill positions, the depth is a huge question mark as freshmen and sophomores comprise nearly 70% of the roster.
Nebraska was 30th in the country a season ago in rushing, led by running back Dedrick Mills. Mills rushed for 745 yards on 143 carries for an average of 5.2 yards per carry. He scored 10 touchdowns on the ground for Nebraska. Wide receiver will be a question mark after 2019’s leading receiver JD Spielman entered the transfer portal.
He had topped 800 yards receiving for the 3rd straight season. Wan’Dale Robinson and Kade Warner will be expected to fill the void left by Spielman.
Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Preview: Title or Bust
The Ohio State Buckeyes enter play as the #5 ranked team in the country. The Buckeyes lost in the college football playoff a season ago to Clemson after having a commanding lead and will look to turn that negative into a positive this season. Head coach Ryan Day went 13-1 in his first season as head coach and his offense averaged 46.9 points per game.
The leader of that offense is Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Justin Fields. A season ago, Fields completed 67% of his passes for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdown passes. He also rushed for nearly 500 yards and 10 more trips to the end zone. Ohio State will need to find a replacement for running back J.K. Dobbins, who is now in the NFL. Dobbins rushed for over 2,000 yards a season ago.
The likely replacement is going to be a combination of graduate transfer Trey Sermon, who transferred from Oklahoma, and Master Teague, who in a backup role last season, was still the Big 10’s seventh leading rusher. At wideout, the Buckeyes will be led by Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Olave caught 49 passes a year ago for 849 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Wilson hauled in 30 balls for 432 yards and five scores. They will likely be Fields’ favorite targets in the air.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has the Ohio State Buckeyes as a 26-point favorite at home. The Buckeyes look to pick up where they left off and Nebraska has the unfortunate task of taking on Ohio State at home. This game probably won’t be a 26-point blowout, but Ohio State should win easily. Take Nebraska to cover, but Ohio State to win.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Nebraska +26