Buffalo Bulls vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/11/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Venue:  Memorial Stadium Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Where to Watch:  BTN


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Bulls +13.5, Cornhuskers -13.5; Over/Under:  54.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Bulls +13.5, Cornhuskers -13.5; Over/Under:  54.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Bulls +13.5, Cornhuskers -13.5; Over/Under:  54.5 points

Season Record

Buffalo Bulls:  1-0 (1st place, MAC East)
Nebraska Cornhuskers:  1-1 (7th place, Big Ten West)
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Buffalo Bulls vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Buffalo Bulls:  won 1
Nebraska Cornhuskers:  won 1

Offensive Analysis

Last season the Bulls averaged a 62.4% completion percentage, 191 passing yards, and 1 touchdown per game through the air. They also averaged 287.1 rushing yards and 4.6 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Cornhuskers were averaging a 68.1% completion percentage, 190.1 passing yards, and 0.6 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 201.4 rushing yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game on the ground.

Defensive Analysis

Last season the Bulls were allowing teams a 55% completion percentage, 203 passing yards, and 1.1 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 157.4 rushing yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Cornhuskers were allowing teams a 63.1% completion percentage, 217 passing yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 169.5 rushing yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game on the ground.


Bulls vs Cornhuskers Prediction

The Buffalo Bulls are coming into this game sitting in 1st place of the MAC East with a 1-0 record. They won their first matchup of the college football season against Wagner with a final score of 69-7. Kyle Vantrease played a good game in their last one completing 15/19 passes for 231 yards and 1 touchdown. Matt Myers even got a little bit of work completing 1/3 passes for 26 yards and 1 touchdown. Ron Cook Jr led the rushing with 94 yards and 1 touchdown. Kevin Marks also had a good game rushing for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries. Dylan McDuffie scored for a pair of touchdowns on the ground as well and Tajay Ahmed along with Jake Molinich scored a rushing TD too. Quian Williams led the receiving corps with 96 yards on 5 receptions. Jovany Ruiz was right behind him with 76 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. Marlyn Johnson also scored a TD through the air. Daishon Folsom led the defense with 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted, and 1 sack while Taylor Riggins racked up 3 solo tackles, 3 assists, and 2 sacks.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are coming into this game sitting in 7th place of the Big Ten West with a 1-1 record. After an upset loss in their first game of the conference schedule to the Illinois Fighting Illini in their first game of the regular season they followed up with a non conference win over Fordham 52-7. Adrian Martinez had a good outing in their last game completing 17/23 passes for 254 yards and 1 touchdown. Markese Stepp had a great game in the run game rushing for 101 yards on 18 carries. It was Samori Toure and Marvin Scott III who found the end zone once each on the ground and it was Adrian Martinez and Sevion Morrison who found it twice each. Samori Toure had the 1 rushing touchdown and led the team in receiving with 133 yards on 8 receptions. Austin Allen had a decent game as well with 61 yards on 4 receptions. Luke Reimer led the team on defense with 4 solo tackles but Quinton Newsome recorded the only sack for his team along with 3 tackles and 2 assisted ones. JoJo Domann caught 1 interception but it was Deontai Williams who came up with 2 interceptions in that game.

The Huskers will be the host here and they played well in their last game but when going against a tougher opponent like Illinois they cracked. Buffalo has a very good team and the latest lines the bookmakers have the spread is set quite large in this game. Both teams have pretty good offenses and the defenses could be better on both sides. The combined total of each team in this game will have lots of scoring from both sides so bets and wagers should be on the over..

Bulls Cornhuskers Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 (3:30 pm ET start time) is Cornhuskers 35 Bulls 27.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Buffalo Bulls: 9-2 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 5-1 ATS after gaining 300 or more rushing yards last game.
Nebraska Cornhuskers: 8-14 ATS in all games. 4-9 ATS as a favorite.

Key Injuries

Buffalo Bulls:  None. 
Nebraska Cornhuskers:  T. Vokolek (TE) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. C. Rogers (DL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. O. Martin (WR) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. T. Fidone II (TE) Out indefinitely - Knee injury. W. Honas (LB) out for season - Knee injury.

Players to Watch

Buffalo Bulls: Kyle Vantrease is one player to watch in what should be an exciting week. He had a good game last week and will be looking to carry that over if he wants his team to be the outright winner here. He was the best player out on the field for them the previous week so he will have to lead this offense in every game for a successful college football season.
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Adrian Martinez is one player to watch in this game as he will want to play his best in their home games. He threw for over 200 yards and 1 touchdown, also rushing for 2 TDs in their last game. He will continue to play well for his team to win games so watch out for him to make the big plays in this game.

Notable Quotes

“For him, he did a great job of being himself. It was like that from the offseason to game day. He doesn’t have to pump himself up for a game day, because he does it every day. He is consistent in how he leads this team, and he brings energy and the juice, everyday. I’m really excited to be playing for this coaching staff and this team.” - quarterback Kyle Vantrease on playing his first game under a new head coach.
"We have confidence in who we are as a team and what we're capable of, so that means in games like this we need to come in and take care of business, and we did what we were supposed to do.” - quarterback Adrian Martinez on his great performance in their blowout win.

Starting Lineups

Buffalo Bulls
WR Williams, Quian 
WR Laborn, Khamran 
WR Johnson, Dominic 
TE Molinich, Jake 
QB Vantrease, Kyle 
RB Marks Jr., Kevin 
Nebraska Cornhuskers
WR Toure, Samori 
WR Martin, Oliver 
WR Liewer, Wyatt 
TE Allen, Austin 
QB Martinez, Adrian 
RB Ervin Jr., Gabe 

Statistical Leaders

Buffalo Bulls
Passing: K. Vantrease (231)
Rushing: R. Cook Jr. (94)
Receiving: Q. Williams (96)
Touchdowns: K. Marks Jr. (2)
Sacks: N/A
Tackles: D. Folsom (4)
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Passing: A. Martinez (486)
Rushing: A. Martinez (144)
Receiving: S. Toure (170)
Touchdowns: A. Martinez (3)
Sacks: P. Payne (2)
Tackles: L. Reimer (7)
Buffalo Bulls: Maurice Linguist (1st season)
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Scott Frost (4th season)

Weather Forecast

95 degrees F mostly sunny, 45% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 13 mph wind speeds SW.

Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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