It’s a matchup of former Big 12 schools on Saturday even though both are now in different conferences: Nebraska in the Big Ten and Colorado in the Pac-12. The No. 25 Cornhuskers are favored on the College Football Odds to beat the Buffaloes.
How to Bet Nebraska vs Colorado College Football Week 2 Lines & Game Info
- When: Saturday, 3:30 PM ET
- Where: Folsom Field
- TV: Fox
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- Radio: SiriusXM
- College Football Week 2 Lines: Nebraska -3.5 (Total 64.5)
These schools are meeting for the second consecutive season, as part of four games between 2018 and 2024. Colorado pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to win in last year’s meeting in Lincoln 33-28. Overall, Nebraska holds a commanding 49-19-2 edge in the series.
The two schools were in the same conference for more than 60 years in the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12. Nebraska and Colorado combined to win the final eight Big Eight championships from 1988 to 1995. The last meeting at Folsom Field occurred in the 2009 regular-season finale.
- PM Thunderstorms: 27°C/80°F
- Humidity: 47%
- Precipitation: 50%
- Cloud Cover: 61%
- Wind: 6 mph WNW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on Nebraska?
The Huskers are this writer’s pick to win the Big Ten West Division this year after closing 2018 strong. They opened this season with a 35-21 win over South Alabama. Nebraska won its season opener for the 33rd time in the past 35 seasons. NU improved to 14-0 all-time in August and 10-1 against Sun Belt Conference foes.
The Blackshirts forced five South Alabama turnovers and the Cornhuskers scored three non-offensive touchdowns in the second half. Nebraska got a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown from Eric Lee Jr. on the first drive of the second half. It was Nebraska’s first interception return for a touchdown since Marcus Newby returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern in 2017.
Junior JD Spielman recorded his second career punt return touchdown with a 76-yard yard score in the third quarter. The Huskers also got a fumble return for a touchdown by Alex Davis on forced fumble by Cam Taylor-Britt on the first play of the fourth quarter. It was Nebraska’s first fumble return for a touchdown since Josh Mitchell had a 57-yarrd fumble return for a touchdown against Miami in 2014.
It marked the first time Nebraska had three non-offensive touchdowns in a game since the Huskers had three defensive touchdowns against Wake Forest in a 31-3 win in 2005.
Offensively, Nebraska managed just 276 total yards, including just 66 in the second half. South Alabama produced 314 total yards on 79 plays, including 222 yards on 47 plays after halftime. Husker sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 13-of-22 passes for 178 yards on the day.
- Passing Yards: 178.00
- Rushing Yards: 98.00
- Points For: 35.00
- Points Against: 21.00
Why Bet on Colorado?
Colorado opened with a 52-31 win over Colorado State. Colorado’s defense produced four turnovers and a touchdown and Alex Fontenot rushed for three touchdowns to give Mel Tucker a victory in his CU head coaching debut. The clincher came late in the fourth quarter, when CU linebacker Jonathan Van Diest sacked CSU quarterback Collin Hill, forcing a fumble. Buffs defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson scooped up the ball and rumbled 9 yards to the end zone to give CU a 52-31 lead with 3:57 remaining in the game.
Fontenot finished with 19 carries for 125 yards and three scores in his first collegiate start. Steven Montez completed 13 of 20 attempts for 232 yards and two scores while Tony Brown had three catches for 71 yards and Laviska Shenault Jr. had three catches for 48 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown reception. Montez became the fourth Buff to pass for 7,000 or more yards in a career; he trails Sefo Liufau (9,568), Cody Hawkins (7,409) and Joel Klatt (7,375). Montez closed the game in second in total offense (7,919); he passed Kordell Stewart (7,770) and trails only Liufau (10,509).
The 83 points scored were the most in the 91 games in the series, topping the 82 in the 1996 game at Fort Collins (a 48-34 CU win). CU has won four straight season openers for the first time since claiming eight in a row (1991-98). Mel Tucker joins Rick Neuheisel (1995) and Mike MacIntyre (2013) as the only coaches to win their first game at the reins of the Buffaloes dating back to 1932.
The Buffaloes, with 243 rushing yards and 232 passes yards improved to 52-8 when topping 200 in both in the same game since 1981 (59-11 all-time). It’s the third time in the last four games against CSU that CU accomplished that feat.
- Passing Yards: 232.00
- Rushing Yards: 243.00
- Points For: 52.00
- Points Against: 31.00
Nebraska vs Colorado 2019 College Football Week 2 Betting Trends
- Cornhuskers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games
- Cornhuskers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Colorado
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Nebraska’s last 9 games played in week 2
- Buffaloes are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games played in September
- Buffaloes are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 2
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games at home
Expert Final Score Prediction for Nebraska vs Colorado
Nebraska 31 – Colorado 28