ESPN's SP+ predicts outcome of Nebraska's trip to Colorado
ESPN’s SP+ is predicting all the action for a loaded Week 2 of games. That includes Nebraska’s road trip to Colorado with the national spotlight set for Boulder.
Coming out of Week 1, the Buffs catapulted into an early 3-point favorite for Saturday after a dramatic win over TCU in Deion Sanders’ debut. Matt Rhule’s Husker debut did not fare as favorably with a 13-10 loss at Minnesota.
Despite those performances and odds, the SP+ is actually favoring the Huskers to pull off a road upset in Week 2. The system created by Bill Connelly is projecting Nebraska as a 30-22 winner over Colorado.
Those numbers might seem surprising, but there are some places that the Huskers matchup favorably compared to Week 1. Despite scoring 45 points in the win, Colorado ran for just 55 yards and averaged 1.6 yards per carry.
If Nebraska can force the Buffs to be one-dimensional, it could provide the Husker secondary with a shot to shine. Containing the passing attack and Shedeur Sanders will not be easy, but Nebraska does have solid depth on the backend to throw at Colorado’s offense.
On the other side of the ball, Colorado’s defense gave up over 500 yards of offense to a balanced TCU attack. That creates a favorable matchup for the Huskers to at least hang in the game, provided Jeff Sims does not turn the ball over.
Saturday’s game is set for FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff, and the atmosphere for Coach Prime’s home debut should be electric.