Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Mike Riley surprised College Football enthusiasts with his decision to take the Nebraska Head Coaching job. Everything is about change, and the Nebraska community is waiting to make a splash on the national scene. Twelve starters return on both sides of the football for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska went 9-4 overall in 2014, 5-3 in Conference play. The Cornhuskers are in the West Division of the Big-Ten. Nebraska lost to USC in the Holiday Bowl last season. Riley and the new coaching staff are well aware of the expectations at the Institute. The Nebraska Cornhuskers plays home games at the 87,000 seat Memorial Stadium on campus in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Six starters return to the Nebraska offense from last season’s team. Junior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr (2,695) passing yards in 2014 is the undisputed leader of the team. Armstrong has experience and new offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf must get him comfortable in the pro-style offense. Mike Riley like accuracy at the quarterback position and will not hesitate pulling Armstrong for throwing interceptions. There is an open competition at the running back position with the departure of Ameer Abdullah. Imani Cross and Terrell Newby along with two incoming freshmen will get plenty of carries this season. Junior wideout Jordan Westerkamp will get plenty of footballs thrown his way. The offensive line has experience at the tackle position, but the rest of the linemen are young. Mike Riley will have his stamp all over the Nebraska offense, and they will produce. The Nebraska Cornhuskers went 8-4-1 on Sports Betting Picks last season, going over the betting odds total eight times and staying under the betting odds total five times.
*The Nebraska offense was 33rd nationally last season, putting up 452.3 yards per contest.
*The Cornhuskers were 3-3-1 ATS at home in 2014.
*Nebraska went 5-1 Against The Point Spread on the road.
*The betting odds total 3-4 at Memorial Stadium last season.
*Nebraska went over the betting odds total five times on the road.
*The Cornhuskers stayed under the betting odds total once away from home.
*The Cornhuskers passing attack was 82nd in the FBS, averaging 212.1 yards per contest through the air.
*Nebraska ranked 13th nationally in scoring, putting up 37.8 ppg.
*The Nebraska running game averaged 240.2 yards per game on the ground, good enough for 19th in the land.
New Defensive coordinator Mark Banker has six starters from last season back in the mix to learn a new system. Banker is enthusiastic about his defensive line. Tackles Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine should be one of the best tandems in the Big-Ten. Defensive End Greg McMullen is capable of getting to the quarterback. There is a concern at linebacker, there were only six scholarship players at the position in the spring. Cornerback Daniel Davie started ever game last season and All-Big Ten safety Nate Gerry is the undisputed leader of the secondary.
*The Cornhuskers defense ranked 53rd in the land, allowing the opposition 383. Yards per game.
*The 205.8 yards per contest the Nebraska defense allowed through the air was 33rd in College Football.
*Opponents scored and average of 26.4 ppg in 2014, 60th in the FBS.
*The Nebraska rush defense ranked 79th in the country, giving up an average of 177.8 yards per contest running the football.
*Nebraska Opens up the 2015 season on September 5th, hosting BYU. There is a September 19th road trip to Miami, Florida.
*The Cornhuskers get Wisconsin and Michigan State at home and avoid Ohio State in Big-Ten play.
Bovada lists the Nebraska Cornhuskers at over/under eight wins in 2015.