With two straight losses to UCLA and Oklahoma at home, the Texas Longhorns (3-2) season is officially a disappointment. Texas turnovers and a fumble that got away was the difference in last week’s Red River Rivalry game, and this week the Longhorns look for redemption against #5 University of Nebraska (5-0). The Cornhuskers are -9 1/2 point favorites at home.
Texas has struggled under first-year starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who has thrown only 4 touchdown passes against 5 interceptions. The running game, led by Foswhitt Whitaker’s 234 yards, has been consistent but not explosive. Texas has also been average on defense, and, the past two weeks, they have had big letdowns against two good offensive teams.
Nebraska, on the other hand, has been anything but average on both sides of the ball. Their defense has been outstanding, averaging less than 13 points against per game, and they won’t be tested against an explosive offense, maybe until the Big 12 championship game. Quarterback Taylor Martinez has been a double threat as a passer and a runner, leading the team in both categories as well as touchdowns with 15 total scores. Nebraska is a running team, second in the nation in rushing average, and have totaled 1,688 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns. Aside from Martinez, Roy Helu, Jr., and Rex Burkhead lead the rushing attack.
This game is simple, stop Martinez and the running game, and you’ll stop Nebraska. No one has been able to accomplish that feat yet and it won’t be the Longhorns. Nebraska beats the spread and keeps Texas in its mid-season funk.
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