College Football Pick Kansas at Nebraska 11-13-10

November 9, 2010


Kansas Jayhawks at #8 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Saturday November 13, 2010 7:00 PM EST

Line: Nebraska -35

Kansas is going to be coming into this game with their heads high as they managed a come back win vs Colorado last week 52-45. Nebraska pulled out a close one at Iowa State 31-30 in overtime. That game was played without their star QB Taylor Martinez.

Stats to consider:

Kansas Jayhawks:

  • Jayhawks are 3-6 with a 1-4 Big 12 record.
  • They are 0-3 on the road.
  • Points against per game: 34.4 (107th)
  • Point for per game: 20.1 (102nd)
  • Passing yards a game: 189.8 (82nd)
  • Rushing yards a game: 148.1 (70th)

Nebraska Cornhuskers:

  • Nebraska is 8-1 with a 4-1 Big 12 record.
  • They are 5-0 at home this season, with 1 game decided by more than 35 points and that was vs Western Kentucky.
  • Points against per game: 19.1 (21st)
  • Points for per game: 37.1 (13th)
  • Passing yards a game: 154.3 (110th)
  • Rushing yards a game: 288.1 (6th)

What to watch for:

  • Kansas Freshman RB James Sims has 558 yards and 7 TDs this season. Just last week Sims had 20 carries for 123 yards and 4 TDs.
  • While Martinez missed last week, Cornhusker Senior RB Roy Helu Jr. took the lead for rush yards on the season. Helu now has 906 yards and 9 TDs.
  • The big question coming into this game is the health of Cornhusker Freshman QB Taylor Martinez. Martinez missed last week and has 1,161 yards 9 TDs and only 3 Ints. He also has 886 yards rushing and 12 TDs.

The health of stars always determines sports picks. Taylor Martinez missed last week with an ankle injury, and I would have to imagine that he wouldn’t be 100% in this one or even close. Kansas has been beaten by 35 points 3 times this season, once on the road. They should come out and play with a bunch of confidence after last weeks victory, but I can’t see them keeping this one close. Colorado could have easily won that game last week vs Kansas 45-17. Look for Nebraska to roll with or without Martinez.

Free College Football Pick: Nebraska -35

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