Nebraska vs Colorado College Football Betting Preview

News - American Football
Nebraska vs Colorado College Football Betting Preview

All eyes are on Deion Sanders and Colorado after their massive upset win over TCU last Saturday and they will be looking to move to 2-0 when Matt Rhule and the Big Ten’s Nebraska Cornhuskers head to Boulder for a massive Week 2 matchup at Folsom Field. The kick-off is scheduled for 12 PM ET. This is the first home game for the Buffaloes, while the Huskers just lost on the road on Thursday to Minnesota. Below, we’ll discuss the long-standing rivalry between these two programs and dive into how each team fared in their respective series openers.

Quick Take

  • Colorado and Nebraska meet for the first time since 2019 on Saturday
  • The Buffaloes are the favorite after their win over TCU
  • Keep reading for the game preview

Nebraska Leads Rivalry

The Nebraska-Colorado rivalry is very much a thing. The Huskers hold the all-time advantage 49-20-2, but the Buffaloes have won back-to-back meetings. However, they haven’t faced off since 2019. Both of Colorado’s last two victories against Nebraska were relatively high-scoring. Considering what we just saw from Sanders’ offense, that could very much be the case again Saturday.

Huskers Need to Bounce Back

Just 4-8 in 2022, Nebraska hired former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule to be their next boss. Unfortunately, he didn’t get off to the best start. The Huskers lost 13-10 to the Golden Gophers in what was a rather boring offensive game. Nebraska went into half down 3-0 and proceeded to score some points in the second half and even had a 10-3 lead with just minutes left in the fourth quarter.

However, Minnesota proceeded to score a touchdown to tie things up before notching an interception which set up the game-winning field goal. It was a brutal day for quarterback Jeff Sims, who had three passes picked off.

Needless to say, that last INT proved to be extremely costly. Running back Gabe Ervin had a big day on the ground but it didn’t result in much scoring. Nebraska didn’t prove much in Week 1 which is why it’s not surprising to see them as an underdog here at virtually all NCAA betting sites.

Colorado is a Force

The Buffaloes have been brutal for many years. I mean, they were 1-11 last year. Then arrived NFL legend Deion Sanders in the offseason, completely revamping the roster and luring in numerous five-star prospects while making his son, Shedeur Sanders, QB1. And while no one knew what to expect out of Colorado heading into Saturday’s road matchup in Fort Worth, this program made a loud statement.

CU put up a whopping 45 points on national championship runner-up TCU and won a thriller by three points. Sanders became the first quarterback in Colorado history to throw for over 500 yards in a single game, completing 38 of 47 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns. The most impressive part? Four different receivers had over 100 yards receiving. The definition of balance.

But the real standout and difference-maker was two-way star Travis Hunter. The Georgia native played a total of 119 snaps at wide receiver and cornerback, reeling in 11 receptions for 119 yards and making his presence felt defensively as well, including an unreal diving interception. He set the sports world on fire and had everyone calling him the Shohei Ohtani of football. We’ll see if he can keep it up and strengthen his Heisman case. This will be Colorado’s first game in front of the Buffaloes faithful under Primetime and you better believe the atmosphere is going to be insane. Colorado deserves to be the -150 favorite at Bodog.