This Thursday will feature two undefeated teams that will both be attempting to bolster their chances of playing for a Big 12 championship in primetime. The (4-0) Nebraska Cornhuskers will square off against the (4-0) Kansas State Wildcats in which on paper appears to be a game with the potential for offensive explosion, kickoff slated for 7:30 PM EST. Both teams feature dynamic offenses with big play potential, the only sticking point is that the Cornhuskers bring a legitimate defense to the table. It will be captivating to see if Wildcats QB Carson Coffman can solve and pick his spots in this aggressive Nebraska defense, will we see a shootout in Manhattan?
The Nebraska Cornhuskers come into this tilt ranked 7th in the nation and could leap frog the Sooners for 6th spot with a strong performance in Manhattan, Kansas this Thursday night. Nebraska has rallied behind freshman QB Taylor Martinez and have become one of the most offensively gifted programs in the entire NCAA. With Martinez at the helm, Nebraska has looked positively unstoppable in 2010. They’re scoring an average of 40 points per game, while allowing 12.8. While all of their early season games were at home, the Huskers did beat a pretty good Washington team handily, while Kansas State has yet to play anyone worth a second look. The defense has been the dominant force behind the Huskers perfect record, they are giving up a punishing 12.7 points per contest. Coming off a bye week, the No. 7 Huskers look to open 5-0 for the first time since 2003 as they head to Manhattan to face Kansas State on Thursday night.
Kansas State has been one of the early season surprises with their perfect record, a team that was supposed to suffer a set back from a large graduating class of seniors from last years team. This team is built to run the ball to set up the play action, this course of action has been extremely successful for the Wildcats thus far through the 2010 season. Last week, Kansas State capped its comeback win over Central Florida on quarterback Carson Coffman’s 7-yard TD run with 24 seconds left. Coffman, who led two fourth-quarter scoring drives, went 11 for 22 for 189 yards, one touchdown pass and one interception. Coffman has not been the only standout thus far on the Wildcats offensive side of the ball, senior RB Daniel Thomas has rushed for 628 yards and 6 touchdowns through 4 games. Thomas is a gifted back that blends size and speed into a multidimensional threat that can both run and catch out of the backfield. One area of concern for the Cats is their rush defense that is ranked 100th in the nation, they will need to address this concern prior to Thursdays contest due to the fact that Nebraska is built to run the ball.
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Cornhuskers vs Wildcats Prediction for Betting Week 6 Game:
Spread Prediction (TOP PLAY) – I am not buying into the notion that this Cornhuskers squad is for real and destined for a Big 12 championship. For all intents and purposes, the Cornhuskers were embarrassed by South Dakota State last week as they were only able to get by them by 14 points (43 point favorites) and freshman QB Taylor Martinez finally was slowed and resembled a first year player. I like this Kansas State group, led by senior RB Daniel Thomas, they are a quick, agile bunch that are built to stick around in every game they play. Kansas State has won 10 of the last 11 games at home in Snyder Family Stadium. Nebraska is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Kansas State and have lost 4 of the past 6 games in Manhattan. We will consider grabbing the points with the home team here, the Wildcats have the ability to even upend the 7th ranked Cornhuskers on Thursday night.
Game Total Prediction – These two programs boast illustrious offenses and are considered to possess s all-pro talents. However, I do not see this game reaching 52 points. The Huskers laid an egg against South Dakota State last time out, winning 17-3 as 43-point favorites. There were very few positives to take from that performance. Even the defense, which allowed just a field goal, wasn’t all that sharp, giving up 141 yards on the ground. These two teams hookup last year for a 17-3 affair favoring the Cornhuskers, the total fell way behind the posted total of 44 points. I look for a game full of time consuming running plays and short, direct passes, the Wildcats will want to limit the time the Huskers have on offense. Take a look at the UNDER in this classic Big 12 affair. Cheers!
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