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Friday Forecast: How Hotly Contested Will Huskers-Colorado Really Be?

September 6, 2019
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Friday Forecast is back after a year-long hiatus last season. The Hail Varsity staff is picking the Husker game and five of the best non-Nebraska games each week. 

Here's how everyone did in Week 1 against the spread:

  • Brandon Vogel: 1-5
  • Erin Sorensen: 2-4
  • Greg Smith: 5-1
  • Jacob Padilla: 4-2
  • Derek Peterson: 2-4

No. 25 Nebraska at Colorado (NU –4.0, O/U 65.5) 

Brandon Vogel: I’ll probably change my pick three or four times between now and kickoff, but I think we’re looking at something of a shootout either way and you could convince me of either team winning it. I think Nebraska’s offense responds, but Colorado has the playmakers on offense to put up some numbers of its own. I’ll go with Nebraska, but I don’t feel great about it. PICK: Nebraska 44, Colorado 38 

Erin Sorensen: I’ve thought the Huskers would win this one all along, and I still think that despite the offense’s performance against South Alabama (although I may not be as confident as I was prior). I’ll still take Nebraska to win and cover, but mostly because if the Huskers win, they’re not doing so by a field goal. PICKNebraska 28, Colorado 21 

Greg Smith: Give me the Huskers big. Derek has convinced me so blame him if things go sideways. Colorado’s defense just isn’t very good. We could see a get right game for the offense that reminds people who have forgotten (already) why Martinez is so good. PICK: Nebraska 50, Colorado 21 

Jacob Padilla: Colorado State lit Colorado’s offense up through the air last week and had a bit of success on the ground as well. I don’t think Nebraska is going to fix all of its probelsm in one week, but I do think the Huskers will smooth things over enough for a bounceback performance against a weak defense. PICK: Nebraska 42, Colorado 31

Derek Peterson: I’ve got Nebraska in this one. And I’ve got Nebraska covering by a pretty sizable margin. And I’ve got Nebraska’s offense going for almost a 600-yard day on this Colorado defense. I think the Buffs are going to get an angry Adrian Martinez and a game plan that will feature a lot of Jack Stoll and a lot of Wan’Dale Robinson and a lot of Maurice Washington. The Buff defense didn’t exactly have the best debut against Colorado State and this offense is an entirely different animal. PICK: Nebraska 42, Colorado 24 

No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 1 Clemson (CLEM –17.5, O/U 64) 

BV: The Aggies had their shot to spring this upset last year at home and didn’t get it done. I think A&M’s defense will hang in for a half before the dam breaks. PICK: Clemson 45, Texas A&M 24 

ES: Jared Hocker, an offensive lineman for Texas A&M, called for an upset of Clemson this week. It’s a nice thought (and it’s what he should be saying), but it’s not going to happen. PICKClemson 38, Texas A&M 17 

GS: There is something about Jimbo versus Dabo that makes Clemson look a little more mortal. I like Clemson to win the game but A&M to get the moral victory with another close game and cover. PICK: Clemson 35, Texas A&M 30 

JP: Clemson is just a much better team than Texas A&M is. Like with Adrian Martinez, I doubt Trevor Lawrence plays as poorly as he did last week and I also don’t think A&M is going to have nearly as much success shutting down Travis Etienne as it did Texas State’s run game. PICK: Clemson 41, Texas A&M 21

DP: Clemson is too good. I’ve got them covering, but I think the defense flexes its muscles this week after the offense (read: Travis Etienne) ran wild in Week 1. PICK: Clemson 35, Texas A&M 13 

No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas (LSU –6.5, O/U 55.5) 

BV: Well, this is Tom Herman’s deal, right? Play up in the big games and then sweat it out a couple of weeks later against, say, Baylor. I expect that to happen here. For selfish reasons, I need LSU to win this one. There are burritos potentially on the line here because if the Horns get this one at home, it’s pretty smooth sailing until Oklahoma in October. And I think LSU will win, but it won’t cover. PICK: LSU 31, Texas 28 

ES: Let’s get weird. PICK: LSU 24, Texas 21 

GS: I’m not going to do it. I just can’t pick Texas. I also think LSU is good this year. PICK: LSU 28, Texas 17 

JP: Horns down. PICK: LSU 31, Texas 24

DP: I hate myself. PICK: Texas 31, LSU 28 

No. 21 Syracuse at Maryland (MD –2, O/U 58.0) 

BV: This one doesn’t make any sense to me. Syracuse opened close to –2.5 and it has swung all the way to Maryland –2. Maybe I’m the one that’s wrong here, but I’m not ready to make Maryland a favorite over a P5 team, much less one that’s ranked, for a 79-0 win over Howard. PICK: Syracuse 34, Maryland 20 

ES: This feels like a potential trap game for Syracuse. And I think it will be a trap game for Syracuse. Maryland has a solid quarterback-running back duo, and Syracuse has a lot on the line to lose. So, let’s go Terps. PICKMaryland 21, Syracuse 17 

GS: I think this one will be a fun game but I’m going with the better coach. Give me Dino Babers. PICK: Syracuse 31, Maryland 21 

JP: Josh Johnson is a good quarterback and Anthony McFarland Jr. is an outstanding running back, and I’m tempted to ride with that combination. But I don’t want to overreact to one week and any time the line shifts as drastically as this one has it gives me pause. Syracuse was ranked for a reason and I’m not going to give the Terps too much credit for week one because I didn’t even know Howard had a football team. PICK: Syracuse 28, Maryland 24

DP: This one could be low-key super fun. Was Maryland recording a 79-0 shutout in Week 1 the most shocking sports storyline in the last 10 years? (Somewhat in jest; Howard is bad but do you know how hard it is to record a shutout AND score 79 points in the same football game? It’s very, very difficult.) Syracuse faced a similarly overmatched opponent and struggled a lot more offensively, but I like Dino Babers as one of the up-and-comers in the coaching ranks so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on getting the offense figured out. Maryland did its damage in Week 1 on the ground with 317 yards and five scores; Syracuse’s defense, if you remove sacks, held Liberty to 47 rushing yards. I like this as a fun back-and-forth, but Maryland has the more proven quarterback. I like the Terps. PICKMaryland 24, Syracuse 17 

No. 23 Stanford at USC (USC –1, O/U 45) 

BV: I have a feeling that Clay Helton’s seat is going to be even hotter come Sunday morning. Stanford’s not great on offense, and, really, has potentially plateaued a bit as a program. But, that’s better than what’s happening at USC right now as the Trojans’ new Air Raid is attack is without its QB. PICK: Stanford 24, USC 21 

ES: USC lost its starting quarterback. That sucks, and also completely changed my original outlook on this game. Give me the trees. PICKStanford 28, USC 24 

GS: USC is in a very tough spot without starting quarterback JT Daniels. Stanford lost star tackle Walker Little in the first game which will hurt too. I’ll take Stanford in another low-scoring affair. PICK: Stanford 17, USC 13 

JP: Both teams will be without their starting quarterback so I’ll side with the better coach here. PICK: Stanford 24, USC 17

DP: As everyone else has noted, it’s pretty hard to, in Game 1, lose a quarterback a new offensive coordinator has structured the scheme around. Regardless of what’s going on with Stanford, the Trojans are going to have some growing pains this week. PICK: Stanford 28, USC 17 

Vanderbilt at Purdue (PUR –7, O/U 56) 

BV: We could be in a pretty interesting spot here with Jeff Brohm if the Boilermakers open 0-2. I still think he’s a great coach and addition to the Big Ten, but if Purdue drops this one all of the sudden its 0-2 and Brohm’s two games under .500 (13-15) as the Boilermakers’ head coach. I would still argue that’s worth the high price Purdue is paying given what Brohm inherited, but with that kind of salary come expectations that don’t involve an 0-2 start. It’s an optics thing. Vanderbilt will run the ball behind Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Elijah Sindelar will throw at least one more interception, but Purdue finds a way to win close. PICK: Purdue 31, Vanderbilt 28 

ES: This game has so much potential to be weird. Did you know the last time these two met was 1942? Amazing. Vanderbilt won the only two meetings between the two, but it’s been 77 years so neither provide any insight. Regardless, I think Vanderbilt takes the win streak to three. Should be fun either way. Vanderbilt 31, Purdue 28 

GS: This game will be weird. In weird games, I like the underdog. Also, Purdue is not good. PICK: Vanderbilt 35, Purdue 24 

JP: Vanderbilt only mustered 6 points against Georgia in week one, but it also held the Bulldogs to 30, which is less than what Purdue gave up against Nevada. Rondale Moore caught 11 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown and Elijah Sindelar went over 400 yards through the air and it still wasn’t enough to beat the Wolfpack. Give me the upset here. PICK: Vanderbilt 35, Purdue 28

DP: Purdue has the better coach. Purdue has the better quarterback. Purdue has the best player in the game. PICK: Purdue 35, Vanderbilt 24

 
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