NCAA football gambling handicappers were impressed with Nebraska’s near upset of Texas in the Big 12 title game as its obvious NU is an improved NCAA football wagering team.
Nebraska finished 2009 with a record of 10-4 straight up and 9-5 against the spread and with a most impressive 33-0 Holiday Bowl blowout win over Arizona.
Nebraska enters 2010 as the clear favorite to win the Big 12 North with a decent shot at the title and a BCS bowl berth. To add to the handicapping intangibles for 2010 is the fact that Nebraska is leaving the Big 12 for the Big Ten after this season.
Nebraska had grown tired of a Big 12 Conference that in their mind was too dominated and influenced by Texas. They also felt jobbed in that title game loss to the Longhorns as an extra second was put back on the clock that allowed Texas to kick a game ending field goal, correct as the call looked on instant replay.
Perhaps the biggest date on the calendar in Lincoln, NE is the October 16 revenge showdown against hated Texas.
Nebraska returns 9 starters on offense led by senior quarterback Zack Lee, and senior running back Roy Helu, a 2nd Team All Big 12 selection that ran for 1193 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.
Head coach Bo Pelini has re-established Nebraska’s reputation and tradition for having a strong running game and defense and that is what has made them a favorite with the college football odds to compete for the Big 12 title.
The defense returns 6 starters but must make up for the loss of Heisman Trophy finalist Ndamukong Suh. Junior Jared Crick is expected to be the new dominant player on the D-Line after a fabulous 1st Team All Big 12 performance last year.
Another key asset with the college football lines will be punter/kicker Alex Henery, a senior that was 24-28 on field goals last year who was 2nd Team All Big 12 while also averaging over 41 yards per punt.
The schedule breaks favorably for Nebraska as they will host their top Big 12 North challenger Missouri on October 30.
Despite having 5 new starters on defense the unit is loaded with talent and combined with the experienced offense and excellent kicking; make Nebraska a complete NCAA football gambling commodity for 2010.