College Football Pick Nebraska at Iowa State 11-6-10

November 3, 2010


#7 Nebraska Cornhuskers at Iowa State Cyclones

Saturday November 6, 2010 3:30 PM EST

Line: Nebraska -18

Nebraska has won two very big games the last two weeks after losing to Texas at home three weeks ago. Cornhusker Freshman QB Taylor Martinez is considered day-to-day with a sprained ankle, but is expected to be a go. Iowa State has not faired well this season vs ranked opponents as they are 1-2.

Stats to consider:

Nebraska Cornhuskers:

  • Nebraska is 7-1 with a 3-1 Big 12 record.
  • They are 3-0 on the road.
  • Points against per game: 17.8 (16th)
  • Points for per game: 37.9 (12th)
  • Passing yards a game: 163.8 (102nd)
  • Rushing yards a game: 294.8 (6th)

Iowa State Cyclones:

  • The Cyclones are 5-4 with a 3-2 Big 12 record.
  • They are 4-2 at home this season.
  • Points against per game: 29.7 (87th)
  • Points for per game: 24 (79th)
  • Passing yards a game: 163.7 (104th)
  • Rushing yards a game: 157.2 (52nd)

What to watch for:

  • Cornhusker RB Roy Helu Jr. had a career game last week as he ran for 307 yards and 3 TDs last week against a very tough Missouri defense. Helu now has 807 yards and 8 TDs on the season.
  • Betting against the spread is dangerous because of the unknown behind Freshman QB Taylor Martinez. Martinez has been stellar this year with 886 rushing yards and 12 TDs. He has been decent passing the ball with 1,161 yards 9 TDs and only 3 Ints. Matinez has been so dangerous because of his legs and a sprained ankle means he will be no better than 80% of full speed.
  • Iowa State’s Senior RB Alexander Robinson has 725 yards and 8 TDs on the season. He has rushed for more than 115 yards the last two weeks with 3 TDs combined.

This football pick will come down to if and how well Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez is able to play. I still like Nebraska based on the fact that they were able to hold off Missouri last week without Martinez. ‘Husker RB Roy Helu Jr. is the guy to watch in this game. Helu is coming off a monster game and should get the ball 25+ times.

Free College Football Pick: Nebraska -18

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