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Nebraska football vs Louisiana Tech: Odds, how to watch, and a prediction

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Sep 16, 2023; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Matt Rhule walks on the field after defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies 35-11 at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska football will be seeking win No. 2 on Saturday against Lousiana Tech. Here’s the odds, how to watch, and a prediction.

As Nebraska football gets ready for Louisana Tech on Saturday there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the Huskers are fresh off their first win and have momentum.

The bad news is that Nebraska football just lost its starting running back for the season, as well as its No. 3 running back in one fell swoop. Gabe Ervin and Rahmir Johnson are out for the season as Matt Rhule announced on Monday.

However, the show must go on. Louisiana Tech certainly isn’t going to feel sorry for the Huskers and looking ahead to Saturday’s game, the running attack should still be a focal point since the Bulldogs allow 205 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry.

We don’t know who the starting quarterback will be for the Huskers. The depth chart says Jeff Sims or Heinrich Haarberg which is a change from recent weeks. Rhule did say he won’t announce the starter until game time, but keeping all that in mind, here’s a look at the odds, how to watch, and our early prediction against the spread.

Nebraska vs. Louisiana Tech odds

The line opened with the Huskers as a 19.5-point favorite against the Bulldogs and it hasn’t moved. Nebraska is at -1200 in terms of the money line, while Louisiana Tech is at +750. The over/under for the game on Saturday is set at 47.5.

Nebraska vs. Louisiana Tech How to watch

Date: Sept. 23
Game Time: 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium
How to Watch: Big Ten Network | Fox Sports App| Fubo TV
Listen: Huskers.com

Nebraska vs. Louisiana Tech prediction

Led by head coach Sunny Cumbie and former Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier, the Bulldogs have started 2-2 this season. They rank 63rd in scoring offense with 31 points per game while ranking 100th in scoring defense after allowing 29 points per game through the first four games.

Defensively, Louisiana Tech has 7.5 sacks and four interceptions through four games, as well as 14 pass breakups. However, the Bulldogs better have their run defense ready, because injured running backs or not, Nebraska football is going to pound the rock.

Anthony Grant was a bell-cow last season. He’ll have to be that again starting on Saturday. Emmett Johnson will also need to step up and both quarterbacks will have to be used as runners.

I’m not sure if Jeff Sims will be ready or not, but we’ll see Heinrich Haarberg either way in my opinion. I actually believe he’ll start the game and rush for 100 yards in a Nebraska football win.

Nebraska will dominate in the trenches on both sides of the ball and that will lead to another victory, although the game, much like Northern Illinois, will be somewhat competitive in the second half.

Nebraska 34, Louisiana Tech 13

(Season Record: 3-0; Against the spread: 2-1)

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska

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