Big-12 meets the PAC-10 on Saturday (3:30pm EST) when the number 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0) travel to Washington to take on the Huskies (1-1). Nebraska’s famed black shirts defense led by head coach Bo Pelini, and defensive coordinator Carl Pelini comes into the game on a major roll after intercepting Idaho star quarterback Nathan Enderle five times in a 38-17 win, returning two of those picks for scores. Nebraska has had three or more interceptions in four of its past seven games, including meetings last year against Kansas’ Todd Reesing and Texas’ Colt McCoy, two accomplished passers. The Huskers also had seven sacks last week and sacked McCoy nine times in last year’s Big-12 Championship game.
Nebraska will need that defense to show up Saturday when they take on one of the most exciting players in college football, Washington quarterback Jake Locker, a true dual-threat QB. Locker, who was projected as an NFL first round draft pick last spring if he decided to come out, threw for over 2800 yards with 21 TD’s and 11 INT’s last season. He has developed as a passer after being known primarily for his running ability in his first two seasons, but he will have his hands full with Nebraska’s attacking defense on Saturday. Locker, who bruised his hand last week against Syracuse, has been excellent so far this season; his completion percentage is a much-improved 60% with no interceptions on the season, and taking care of the football will be paramount this week as Nebraska is second in the nation among FBS schools with 6 interceptions.
The Washington Huskies are always a tough opponent at home, they upset a heavily-favored (-23.5) USC team last year 16-13 when the Trojans came in ranked number three in the nation. Indeed they are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games, and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games vs. the always tough Big-12. This will not be an easy win for Nebraska because of the fact that it is in Seattle, but the Huskers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight non-conference games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six September games. Nebraska is certainly a much more formidable opponent than BYU, which defeated Washington 23-17 in their opener at BYU.
Nebraska vs Washington Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Nebraska Cornhuskers -3
@ Washington Huskies +3
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Nebraska vs Washington Prediction for Week 3 Saturday Afternoon Game:
Spread Prediction (Top Play) – all things considered, the Cornhuskers should be able to cover against Washington, but the Huskies will definitely not roll over at home. Nebraska’s defense has eaten up some of the top quarterbacks in the country, and they have the athletes to track down the athletic Locker should he decide to leave the pocket. It is difficult to see Washington being able to produce much offensively against Nebraska, but if the Husker offense continues to struggle throwing the football (111 passing yards vs. Idaho) and turns the ball over (four times vs. Idaho) then Locker could have a short field o work with. I do not see that happening though, and athletic QB Taylor Martinez (157 yards rushing vs. Idaho) and Roy Helu Jr.(107 yards rushing last week) should be able run over and around the Huskies. Take Nebraska to cover here. PREDICTION (TOP PLAY) – Nebraska -3
Over/Under Prediction– Take the under at 53.5 in this game. Nebraska’s tenacious defense will bottle up Locker and keep the Huskies off the scoreboard for much of the day. The Husker offense will continue to struggle throwing the ball, and their ground game will eat up the clock keeping the total well under the number. The under is 5-2-1 in Washington’s last eight games on field turf, and 6-2 in Nebraska’s last eight games on field turf. Take advantage of the trend here.