College Football Pick Texas at Nebraska 10-16-10

October 13, 2010


Texas Longhorns at #5 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Saturday October 16, 2010 3:30 PM EST

Line: Nebraska -9.5

Nebraska has been largely impressive this year. The Cornhuskers are 5-0 while being 1-0 in the Big 12. The Cornhuskers are coming off a big 48-13 win at Kansas State last Thursday. Nebraska is 3-0 at home this year. Texas has been very disappointing this year and look to improve upon their 3-2 record, 1-1 in the Big 12. Texas is coming off a gut-wrenching loss 28-20 vs Oklahoma. The Longhorns are 1-0 on the road this year.

Everyone thought that the loss of Ndumakong Suh to the NFL would hurt this Nebraska defense. The fact is that it hasn’t. This defense is ranked 4th best in the nation only allowing 12.8 points a game. The real shocker has been the play of this offense. The offense is averaging 41.6 points a game, 9th best. The Cornhuskers have been great on the ground averaging 337.6 yards a game, 2nd best. They have struggled somewhat throwing the football with only 156.8 yards a game, 106th overall. This game will be all about Heisman contender Freshman QB Taylor Martinez. As the stats show, Martinez has been great running the ball and below average throwing it. Martinez has 737 yards on the ground with 12 TDs. He has thrown for 660 yards with 3 TDs and 3 Ints.

Texas has not had the same defense of past. Their defense is ranked 36th allowing 20 points a game. Their offense has struggled mightily only averaging 24.8 points a game, 80th overall. The offense has struggled running the ball averaging 129.8 yards a game, 82nd in the nation. The passing game has been better than decent averaging 230.2 yards a game which is 53rd in the nation. The player to watch for Texas is Sophomore QB Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert has 1,151 yards with 4 TDs and 5 Ints.

This is one of the easiest football picks of the week. I’m hopping on the Nebraska bandwagon. Taylor Martinez could be on tract to winning the Heisman trophy, as a Freshman. Martinez has unbelievable rushing abilities and this Texas defense has not been all that impressive. The Cornhuskers will look to make a big statement against Texas this week.

Free College Football Pick: Nebraska -9.5

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