NCAA College Football Week Five Predictions: Nebraska vs. Kansas State

The University of Nebraska (4-0) looks to keep its #7 national ranking as the school begins Big 12 conference play with a Thursday night game in Manhattan against Kansas State (4-0). Vegas odds have Nebraska as -11 point road favorite.

Last season, with the Cornhuskers a -16 point favorite at home, Kansas State put-up a tough fight and beat the Vegas spread while losing 17-3. In their last visit to Manhattan, though, Nebraska won 56-28 as a -6 point road favorite.

Nebraska, led by redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez, is averaging 40 points scored per game and rank #4 in the nation in rushing. Martinez, though, had a poor performance two weeks ago against South Dakota State in a 17-3 win. Martinez leads the team in both rushing and passing and will be the top priority for the Kansas State defense.

Kansas State struggled to defeat Central Florida 17-13 but the defense has been consistent and average less than 20 points a game against. The Wildcats are led by running back Daniel Thomas who has 628 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns. He struggled against Central Florida with just 76 yards and could find some lanes against the Nebraska defense that has struggled at times against the run. Thomas had a huge game against UCLA with 234 yards rushing and the Wildcats will need that type of output to stay in the game.

While a double-digit blow-out is possible in this game, the more likely scenario has both teams struggling to score against tough defenses. Look for the Cornhuskers to cover but the Wildcats will give them all they can handle.

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