Miller’s Nebraska vs. Colorado Betting Preview & Odds: Can You Expect Offensive Improvements?

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Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Adrian Martinez

  • The Nebraska vs. Colorado rivalry hasn't been this hot since the 1990s, but Scott Frost's return to Nebraska and Colorado's win last year has it burning again.
  • Both teams were outplayed in their Week 1 wins, so what did we learn about them and how can we use that to bet Week 2?

Nebraska vs. Colorado Betting Odds

  • Odds: Nebraska -4
  • Over/Under: 64.5
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX

Odds from PointsBet as of Friday afternoon.

A once bitter rivalry is renewed again on Saturday as Nebraska heads to Colorado as a small favorite.

Nebraska players certainly aren’t hiding the fact that they have revenge on their mind after last season’s loss, while the Colorado camp has been pretty quiet. This rivalry was humming at it’s peak when coach Scott Frost was playing quarterback for Nebraska in the mid-1990s.

Do you know what wasn’t humming, though? The Nebraska offense in Week 1 against South Alabama.

The Huskers put up just 276 yards and were out gained by the Jaguars, who gifted Nebraska five turnovers. They were lucky to get out of the game with a win as a 35-point favorite against one of the worst teams in FBS.

I moved Nebraska down in my power ratings a couple points because the Huskers were thoroughly outplayed.

Colorado played in-state rival Colorado State and came out with what looked like an easy win. Upon further review, Colorado was out gained by the Rams and gave up more than 500 yards of offense. They had their way with Colorado State on offense, but the defense showed no signs of improving on last year’s numbers.

Nebraska’s coaches have three reasons for their lack of offense in Week 1:

  • Bad snaps
  • A bad week of practice from Adrian Martinez
  • And installing too much of their offense too fast.

Reports out of Lincoln say that the snaps and Martinez practice habits have been cleaned up this week and the Cornhuskers will be pairing down the offensive playbook.

A smaller playbook sounds bad for an offense, but I think it’ll help them as they’ll only be running plays they have mastered.

I see Nebraska’s offense taking a huge leap forward this week with a locked in Martinez Scott Frost’s offense confidently.

Even if Nebraska uses a smaller portion of their playbook, Colorado’s defense isn’t good enough to stop it as long as the plays are run correctly.

I have very little worry that the Buffs will move the ball with Steven Montez, Laviska Shenault, and Alex Fontenot so I’m on the over 64 in this rivalry game.

Pick: Over 64.5