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*** 2018 Game 3 "Expert" Picks: Troy At Nebraska ***

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2018 Game 3 “Expert” Picks: Troy @ Nebraska
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CollegeFootballNews.com
https://collegefootballnews.com/2018/09/nebraska-vs-troy-fearless-prediction-game-preview
One Reason Why Troy Will Win
Really, how healthy is Adrian Martinez? After the leg-twisting issue against Colorado, the star Husker quarterback has a banged up knee, and with Michigan coming up next, the offense needs him healthy for the trip. It needs him for this week, but it’s hardly as important. With top backup Tristan Gebbia leaving for Oregon State, Andrew Bunch will play a big role now. No matter who’s under center, the aggressive Troy defensive front will get into the backfield to come up with its share of big stops. For all of Troy’s issues early on, the defense has come up with takeaways, and the run defense has been fantastic – even against Boise State.
One Reason Why Nebraska Will Win
It’s only one game, but the Nebraska defense all of a sudden looked far tougher and played far more aggressively. It was able to generate seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss against Colorado, and that should be the norm. The Trojan offensive front has been just okay so far, and it’s about to be under siege. The result? The downfield passing game isn’t there, and keeping the chains moving has been an issue. On the other side, no matter who’s running the Husker offense, the pop will still be there. Martinez might have led the team in rushing against the Buffs, but Greg Bell came up with a big performance, too, tearing off 104 yards on 13 carries. He can carry the O for stretches if he has to.

What’s Going To Happen
The Nebraska D will give up big plays this year, but it’s not going to happen this week. The light hasn’t turned on yet for the Trojans. They might not be the killer they were last season, and the offensive backfield still needs time to gel, but they’re still going to be dangerous. The Huskers are going to make this a wee bit scary for a while, and then they’ll take over in the second half to give Scott Frost his first win. It’s not going to be smooth sailing, but it’ll be a victory.
Nebraska 37 - Troy 20
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ESPN FPI
http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=401013337
Nebraska - 84.8% Win
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Bill Connelly S&P+
https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2018/9/6/17826820/college-football-picks-week-2-2018-predictions-odds-spreads
S&P+: Nebraska 45 - Troy 22 (90.1% NU Win)
F+ Projection: Nebraska by 16.5 (83.0% NU Win)
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DRatings
http://www.dratings.com/predictor/ncaa-football-predictions/
Nebraska 31 - Troy 25 (69.5% NU Win)
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Ed Feng, The Power Rank
https://thepowerrank.com/predictions/
Nebraska (49) will beat Troy (80) by 10.6 at home. Troy has a 22% chance of beating Nebraska.
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Athlon Sports
https://athlonsports.com/college-football/college-football-picks-expert-predictions-every-game-week-3-2018
Steven Lassan: N
Mitch Light : N
Braden Gall:  N

https://athlonsports.com/college-football/troy-trojans-vs-nebraska-cornhuskers-prediction-picks-2018
Nebraska accumulated 329 rushing yards against Colorado and that trend is likely to continue, especially if Andrew Bunch steps in at quarterback on Saturday. Look for Greg Bell and Devine Ozigbo to get the lion’s share of the carries with Maurice Washington being given the chance to show off his speed a few times yet again. Martinez went 15-of-20 last weekend and it seems safe to assume that the Huskers’ starting quarterback will stick to that 17-23 attempt range versus Troy. Don’t forget, Nebraska has tremendous receivers who will get every opportunity to make big plays happen whether or not Martinez is on the bench. The Trojans have plenty of offensive firepower, so we should expect quarterback Kaleb Barker to mirror some of the same success Colorado’s Steven Montez did, especially if he finds wide receiver Deondre Douglas in the same manner as Montez did Laviska Shenault Jr. However, barring another comedy of turnovers, this should be Scott Frost’s first win at Nebraska.
Nebraska 31 - Troy 21
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Big Red Wrap-Up
http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/sports/big-red-wrap-troy-prediction
Kevin Kugler: Nebraska 41 - Troy 20
Jay More: Nebraska 38 -  Troy 24
Steve Sipple: Nebraska 29 -  Troy 12
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Last time we played Troy I sat in row 99 on a cold, windy, rainy night as Bill Callahan's team trounced the Trojans 56-0 in 2006. Weather will certainly be nicer this time around, as will the coaching, but the final score probably not.

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14 minutes ago, Minnesota_husker said:

I love puns but the Andrew Bunch puns above are awful....

 

I hope A-Magic gets healthier just so the bad puns can stop.

I hope Bunch plays so well he wins the starting job just so the bad nicknames for Martinez can stop.

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44 minutes ago, DevoHusker said:

speaking of final score...did I miss the **official prediction** thread?

 

It is in the Contest Crib forum.

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6 hours ago, Minnesota_husker said:

I love puns but the Andrew Bunch puns above are awful....

 

I hope A-Magic gets healthier just so the bad puns can stop.

 

You have your panties in a BUNCH, apparently.

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20 hours ago, BIG ERN said:

Troy had 3 costly fumbles against Boise State. Troy still passed well and stopped the run....This won't be a complete pushover game 

I am in this camp.  NU, even with Frost at the helm, hasn't been in the position to overlook teams in years......I am thinking Troy gives us all we can handle, but our depth and conditioning wins out in the end....Would love to be wrong.

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19 hours ago, DevoHusker said:

ah, thanks JJ...it was up here last week

Actually, somebody has been starting an unofficial score prediction thread and naming it ***official*** in the football forum. It has been a little confusing. But the real ***official*** prediction thread, that can garner large cash prizes and the unending praise of other posters, that one’s in the Contest Crib.

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Having the hardest time trying to guess this one.  Could be lots of points, Could be an improvement week for the team, or Could be a dog fight until late.  Huskers win, just not sure how it will be played out :lol:

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46 minutes ago, lo country said:

I am in this camp.  NU, even with Frost at the helm, hasn't been in the position to overlook teams in years......I am thinking Troy gives us all we can handle, but our depth and conditioning wins out in the end....Would love to be wrong.

 

One thing to note, in the words of their coach, we are easily the biggest team (size wise) they have ever faced.

 

They on the other hand are quite undersized, expecially on defense. They run a modified 3-4 and have one 300lb lineman. The only offensive lineman we have that isn't at least 300lbs is Jaimes and he's going to be matched up with a 230lb DE.

 

Their big issue is linebacker..

 

They run two middle linebackers and a bandit  outside linebacker - all three weigh 220lbs or less.

 

Then instead of a 4th linebacker they run a position called the "Spear". Essentially a hybrid DB/LB... that Spear is likely the player who is going to be tasked with the RB in our option and outside run game a lot... The guy they have starting in that Spear position is a 6'1 186 lb sophmore... going against Bell and Ozigbo.

 

That is without even mentioning the fact that their starting corners are 5'9 170lbs and 5'11 177lbs.

 

I could be wrong but that seems like a problem for them.

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