The Nebraska Cornhuskers (also known as the Cornhuskers) are one of the most storied programs in all of college football. They have won 12 national championships, including the last 4 in a row. In fact, they are arguably the greatest program of all time.
They play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, and the stadium is named after the great Frank Nelson “Pistol” Morton, who coached the team from 1917-1931. He passed away in 1932 at the age of 65 and is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha.
The team’s colors are red and white, and the Cornhuskers have a well known rivalry with their neighboring school and state rival, the Akron Zips. The teams have played 118 times since the inception of the series in 1916, including postseason games. Overall, Nebraska is 52-36-3 against Akron.
One of the most intriguing games of the 2018 NFL season thus far has been the two matchup between the Cornhuskers and the Zips this year. Not only do the teams play each other, but it’s also a rematch of one of the games from the 2016 season that was decided by a field goal. The last time these two teams met, which was also the last time these teams met as members of the Ohio Athletic Conference, was during the 2016 Holiday Bowl. The game was tied at 14-14 going into the fourth quarter and then both teams exchanged field goals to finish the game. That was an exciting game that was decided by a field goal.
What Are the Odds of Winning the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ Rivalry with the Akron Zips?
If you’re not familiar, the “Rivalry” game between the Cornhuskers and the Zips is one of the most anticipated games each year in college football. It is one of the most significant games for several reasons. First, it is always played in November. That’s when all of the best games are usually played anyways, so it’s not like there’s another game that’s going to steal the show. Second, it is always played in Ohio because both schools are members of the Ohio Athletic Conference. Finally, the game is always held in Columbus, which is the halfway point between Nebraska and Akron. So, if you’re going to be traveling somewhere, it would be best to catch a game in Columbus. I mean, if you don’t want to see either team lose, then you might as well go to the game.
Last year, the Cornhuskers cruised to a 35-7 victory in the rivalry game. It was their first victory over the Zips since 2010 and it wasn’t even that close. The game was tied at 7-7 going into the fourth quarter before the Cornhuskers went on an 8-play, 83-yard drive that ended with a 33-yard field goal by Alex Crichton. That gave them a 9-7 victory. Last year’s tilt marked the first time the Cornhuskers won the rivalry game by more than 7 points since 2007. Also, the last time the Cornhuskers lost the rivalry game was back in 2009. So, you know, things are looking up for the program.
Why Are the Cornhuskers Popular Today?
The Cornhuskers are one of the most popular teams in the country right now, which isn’t that surprising because they are one of the best teams ever. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
The Cornhuskers were ranked number one in the country in the United States Today Coaches’ Poll released on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The team is also ranked first in the country in the preseason polls. There are several good reasons why the Cornhuskers are at the top of the polls. First, Bryce Love is undoubtedly one of the best running backs in the country. Love has rushed for 1,973 yards this season and has compiled an astounding 19 consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He also has 17 touchdowns this year, which is the most in the country. Love is a major reason why the Cornhuskers are at the top of the polls.
Then, there’s the quarterback position, where the Cornhuskers have their own version of the “Heisman Trophy.” Senior quarterback Adrian Martinez leads the way with 1,365 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions this season. This past week, Martinez helped the Cornhuskers beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 26-17. It was a huge game for the quarterback, as he now has 400 more yards passing than any other quarterback in Notre Dame history. It’s tough to argue that Martinez isn’t among the best quarterbacks in the country, especially since he has two more years of eligibility remaining.
Finally, the defense has been amazing. Led by defensive tackle Pernell McPhee, who is entering the All-American voting this week, the Cornhuskers are ranked 7th in the country in total defense. The team is also 6th in scoring defense and 8th in pass defense. This is a great showing for a defense that was previously ranked 50th. The numbers don’t lie, either; the Cornhuskers have allowed only 13 touchdowns this season, which is 2nd fewest in the country. Overall, it’s been an unbelievable turnaround for a defense that was 3-9 last year.
If you want to bet on Nebraska football in 2018, where should you bet? While many bookmakers offer odds on the regular season finale between the Cornhuskers and the Akron Zips, there are several other options to consider. First, you can bet on the over-under for the game. The over-under is the total number of points that will be scored in the game. If you’re not sure what the over-under is for a given game, you can ask the bookmaker to give you the over-under for a “neutral” game. Second, you can also bet on whether or not the game will be close. Third, you can bet on whether or not the Cornhuskers will cover the spread. Finally, you can bet on the winner of the game. Naturally, the first two options are a little bit easier to wager on than the third option, but you should still have no problem finding a sportsbook where you can get all of your college football betting needs met.