Gameday Skull Session: Get Dumped Then, Nebraska

By Kevin Harrish on November 6, 2021 at 4:59 am
Get Dumped then, nebraska.

I almost always start these Saturdays with some admittedly arrogant words about how Ohio State's opponent is actually bad and the Buckeyes are going to annihilate them.

To be fair, I'm usually correct (mostly because Ohio State is usually multiple touchdowns more talented than the other team), but I have no pregame trash to talk today. Because the truth is, I think this Nebraska team is actually pretty good.

These Huskers are a far better team than most people think. I'd go as far as to say this is the best 3-6 football team of all time. All six of their losses have been by a touchdown or less and half of them have come against teams currently ranked in the top-10, with another one coming against No. 20 Minnesota.

They're currently rated as the No. 24 team in the SP+ rankings – higher than multiple teams ranked in the current College Football Playoff top-15 – and are led by a quarterback who is, according to some advanced stats, legitimately one of the best in the country.

Nebraska is 3-6, isn't going to a bowl game and Scott Frost might get fired in a few weeks. But I want everyone to know that despite all of that, this is a legitimately good football team...

... that Ohio State is about to beat by 42 points.

Word of the Day: Hecatomb.

 GAMEDAY MENU. It's sure not the best slate, but any day of college football is a good day, in my humble opinion.

Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile
Army vs. Air Force (in Arlington, TX) 11:30am CBS
Kansas State at Kansas 12:00pm FS1
Louisiana Tech at UAB 12:00pm CBSSN
SMU at Memphis 12:00pm ESPNU
#5 Ohio State at Nebraska 12:00pm FOX
#25 Pitt at Duke 12:00pm ACCN
#9 Wake Forest at North Carolina 12:00pm ABC
Missouri at #1 Georgia 12:00pm ESPN
Liberty at #16 Ole Miss 12:00pm SECN
Illinois at #20 Minnesota 12:00pm ESPN2
Georgia Tech at Miami (FL) 12:30pm RSN/ESPN3
Appalachian State at Arkansas State 2:00pm ESPN+
Temple at East Carolina 3:00pm ESPN+
#13 Auburn at #14 Texas A&M 3:00pm CBS
North Texas at Southern Miss 3:00pm ESPN+
ULM at Texas State 3:00pm ESPN+
California at Arizona 3:00pm P12N
Idaho State at 15 BYU 3:30pm BYUtv/ESPN3
Tulsa at #6 Cincinnati 3:30pm ESPN2
#11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia 3:30pm ESPN
Middle Tennessee at WKU 3:30pm Stadium
Rice at Charlotte 3:30pm ESPN+
South Alabama at Troy 3:30pm ESPN+
Colorado State at Wyoming 3:30pm CBSSN
#12 Baylor at TCU 3:30pm FOX
Penn State at Maryland 3:30pm FS1
Rhode Island at UMass 3:30pm FloFootball / NESN
Navy at #10 Notre Dame 3:30pm NBC
#3 Michigan State at Purdue 3:30pm ABC
#21 Wisconsin at Rutgers 3:30pm BTN
#19 NC State at Florida State 4:00pm ACCN
Utah State at New Mexico State 4:00pm FloFootball / CW El Paso
#17 Mississippi State at Arkansas 4:00pm SECN
Tulane at UCF 4:00pm ESPNU
Marshall at Florida Atlantic 6:00pm CBSSN/Facebook
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern 6:00pm ESPN+
Old Dominion at FIU 7:00pm ESPN3
Boise State at #23 Fresno State 7:00pm CBSSN
Oregon State at Colorado 7:00pm P12N
#22 Iowa at Northwestern 7:00pm BTN
UNLV at New Mexico 7:00pm Stadium
Tennessee at #18 Kentucky 7:00pm ESPN2
LSU at #2 Alabama 7:00pm ESPN
Houston at USF 7:30pm ESPNU
Texas at Iowa State 7:30pm FS1
Clemson at Louisville 7:30pm ACCN
Indiana at #7 Michigan 7:30pm FOX
#4 Oregon at Washington 7:30pm ABC
Florida at South Carolina 7:30pm SECN
San Jose State at Nevada 10:00pm FS2
UTSA at UTEP 10:15pm ESPN2
USC at Arizona State 10:30pm ESPN
#24 San Diego State at Hawaii 11:00pm FS1

 CHILDREN OF THE CORN. I'd like to remind you all of that one time that Fox once created a Nebraska football promo video so damn creepy that the university asked Fox to stop airing it.

"It's not really the direction we want the brand to go in," Nebraska responded in a statement.

Personally, I think that's a weak take. Ritualistic murder in the middle of a cornfield is exactly what your football team should aim to do every Saturday – metaphorically, of course.

Embrace it!

 PICKS! These are the correct picks for the games. You're welcome.

  • Ohio State -14.5 against Nebraska. As I said, I respect Nebraska a lot and think this is the best 3-6 team of all time. But that doesn't mean Ohio State isn't going to win comfortably.
  • Army vs. Air Force under 37.5. Two service academies who love to run the ball means this is going to be an extremely low-scoring game. 37.5 is a low, low number, but historically, these games are usually lower scoring than that.
  • Missouri +39.5 against Georgia. I feel like I'm going to regret this one, but this is just way too big of a spread for a team that isn't terribly explosive on offense to cover. I might be sweating this one in the fourth quarter, but I just don't think the Dawgs win this game by 40+.
  • West Virginia +3.5 against Oklahoma State. I don't think Oklahoma State is especially good and I think West Virginia is significantly better than its record, and they've been especially good at home. I think West Virginia wins this game straight up, but I'll take the 3.5 points.
  • Purdue +3 against Michigan State. Look, I don't *want* this to happen, but Purdue is going to win this game. I think Purdue is quite a bit underrated and I honestly think Michigan State's talent is more like that of a team that should be ranked in the mid-teens. Toss in the home-field advantage, and the Boilermakers are taking this one.
  • Auburn vs Texas A&M under 49.5. Defense is both of these teams' strengths and in a top-15 battle, I think they'll both turtle up a bit and lean on those defenses. I'm also counting on a couple Bo Nix turnovers.
  • NC State -3 against Florida State. I have no idea why this line is so tight. It feels like a trap, but I can't find any reason to back Florida State, so we're rolling with the Wolfpack.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "HUMBLE." by Kendrick Lamar.

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