Preview: Minnesota at Nebraska

When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska


Nebraska must lick its wounds from a disparaging loss last week and take on another top running back when it hosts Minnesota in a Big Ten contest Saturday. The 19th-ranked Cornhuskers gave up a major-college NCAA single-game record 408 yards on the ground to Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon in a 59-24 loss Nov. 15 and now face Minnesota’s David Cobb, who is seventh in the nation in rushing. The Golden Gophers dropped two of their last three, including a 31-24 loss to No. 7 Ohio State last week.

Both teams can still reach the Big Ten Championship game with a pair of victories in the wide-open Western Division if they find their best form. Nebraska will lean on running back Ameer Abdullah, who stands ninth in the country in rushing despite totaling 69 yards last week and has 19 touchdowns overall. With the Cornhuskers concentrating on closing the holes for Cobb after an embarrassing week, Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner could very important.

TV: Noon ET, ESPN. LINE: Nebraska –10.5

ABOUT MINNESOTA (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten): Cobb has posted 1,350 yards rushing and is 115 shy of breaking Laurence Maroney’s single-season record set in 2005. Leidner threw seven touchdown passes and one interception over a three-game span before being picked off twice last week against Ohio State while completing 7-of-19 attempts for 85 yards. Minnesota’s defense has forced 25 turnovers – second in the conference – but will have to rebound from giving up 289 rushing yards in its last contest.

ABOUT NEBRASKA (8-2, 4-2): Abdullah will get his yards, but the Cornhuskers will need better play from quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. after he completed only 14-of-39 passes with three interceptions over the past two weeks. Armstrong has two solid targets with Jordan Westerkamp (34 receptions, 606 yards) and Kenny Bell (36, 591), who passed Johnny Rodgers for the school record in career receiving yards (2,492). Nebraska was allowing 123.8 rushing yards per game before giving up 581 to Wisconsin.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Minnesota leads the series 30-22-2, but has not won at Nebraska since 1960 and snapped a 16-game losing streak overall against the Cornhuskers last season.

2. Nebraska can finish 7-0 at home for the second time in three seasons with a victory over Minnesota. 

3. The Golden Gophers are 8-4 in their last 12 Big Ten games – the best 12-game conference stretch for them since 1972 when they went 9-3.

PREDICTION: Minnesota 34, Nebraska 31
 

 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Minnesota 7-3 L1 30.0 22.3 6-1 1-2 0-1 0-0 4-2
Nebraska 8-2 L1 38.8 23.6 6-0 2-2 1-1 0-0 4-2

Last Meeting

Minnesota Nebraska
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/26/13 NEB 23 MINN 34 430 271 159 328 189 139

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MINN P. Nelson 46.7 152 1 0
NEB T. Martinez 53.3 139 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MINN D. Cobb 31 138 4.5 0
NEB A. Abdullah 19 165 8.7 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MINN D. Goodger 3 68 22.7 0
NEB Q. Enunwa 3 46 15.3 0
TDs Player TD
MINN P. Nelson 2
NEB S. Cotton 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MINN M. Leidner 51.5 1310 10 8
NEB T. Armstrong Jr. 51.6 1889 14 9
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MINN D. Cobb 254 1350 5.3 11
NEB A. Abdullah 204 1319 6.5 17
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MINN M. Williams 25 373 14.9 7
NEB J. Westerkamp 34 606 17.8 4
TDs Player TD
MINN D. Cobb 11
NEB A. Abdullah 19

Quickchart Matchup

Minnesota Off vs  Nebraska Def
358.4 yards
368.5 yards
4.8 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
7.3 yards/attempt
5.8 yards/attempt
Nebraska Off vs  Minnesota Def
459.5 yards
350.7 yards
5.6 yards/rush
4.4 yards/rush
7.5 yards/attempt
5.7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-10
-110
56.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-8
-110
52.5
Sportsbook
-110
-8
-110
52.5
5Dimes.eu
-105
-8.5
-105
51.5
GTBets.eu
-110
-8.5
-110
53
Top Bet
-110
-8
-110
52
BetOnline.ag
-110
-8.5
-110
53
BetDSI
-110
-8.5
-110
52
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
-8
-110
52.5
BookMaker.eu
-110
-8.5
-110
52
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-10
-110
56
Mirage
-110
-10
-110
56
Station
-110
-10
-110
56
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Minnesota Overall Nebraska
7-3-0 W/L 8-2-0
6-4-0 ATS 6-3-1
4-6-0 O/U 6-4-0
30.0 Pts For 38.8
22.3 Pts Against 23.6
Minnesota A/H Nebraska
1-2 W/L 6-0
1-2-0 ATS 3-2-1
1-2-0 O/U 3-3-0
20.3 Pts For 41.5
24.0 Pts Against 19.0