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South Alabama will win

South Alabama – Nebraska Match Prediction | 24-08-2019 12:00

Thompson missed 2017 due to academic issues and was hot and cold last season. That name should sound familiar to older Husker fans; the senior Legette was an all-Big Eight cornerback for the Huskers in 1991. His 34 tackles, eight pass break-ups and three interceptions last season were offset by nearly just as many misplays. Redshirt freshman Tyrone Legette, Jr. The South Alabama secondary is in a full-rebuilding mode in 2019 with only senior cornerback Jalen Thompson (60 180 lbs.) returning. is also in the mix. A third round NFL draft pick, Legette spent seven seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Tampa and San Francisco. The rest of the secondary is pretty much all new, with three junior college transfers.

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SB Nation analytics guru Bill Connelly notes that the Jaguars rush defense wasnt that bad, considering that opponents were frequently running the ball with the game under control. Defensively, South Alabama wasnt very good in 2018, no matter what statistic you look at. 124th (out of 128 teams) in pass efficiency defense, 122nd in scoring defense and 101st in rushing defense. And this year, they should be better in that regard.

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ESPNs FPI says Nebraska has a 64.3 percent chance at victory Who is ready to see WanDale Robinson and Rondale Moore on the same college football field? Purdue is not an easy place to play under Jeff Brohm, and the Boilermakers proved that with a win last season against Ohio State. Last year saw a 42-28 win for Purdue with both David Blough and Adrian Martinez above the 300-yard mark. Nebraska is favored to rebound, but Purdue is a dangerous team in the West.

Nebraska should be better defensively this year while Wisconsin lost some key pieces at linebacker. Wisconsin does have six wins in a row, including 41-24 last year. ESPNs FPI says Nebraska has a 66.6 percent chance at victory A win here says a lot about year two under Scott Frost. This has potential for a lot of points with Jonathan Taylor and Adrian Martinez both potentially padding their Heisman resumes at this point in the year. Using ESPNs formula, the Huskers now have wins over the last two division champions.

Nebraska gets the tiniest of edges likely because of the homefield advantage. At home, Nebraska has three-straight losses to the Hawkeyes. The Huskers brought a good fight at Iowa last season but lost 31-28 to end the season. This could go either way. ESPNs FPI says Nebraska has a 51.4 percent chance at victory The ultimate coinflip, Nebraska gets a 10th win with the slimmest of favorable odds. With Iowa and Nebraska both as trendy picks to win the division, this game and Ohio State-Michigan on the same day is a great close to the Big Ten season. Whichever big-time quarterback makes the last play.

The linebacker corps should be improved with the return of junior college transfer Roy Yancey (61 220 lbs.). The 2017 second team junior college all-American was sidelined last season due to a stress fracture, but was back at full speed this spring at strongside linebacker. Sophomore weakside linebacker Nick Mobley (511 225 lbs.) had an impressive first season; hes the Jaguars leading returning tackler with 56 last season.

South Alabamas only previous visit to Lincoln was the ultimate lets all feel better balm to help soothe the sting of a Hail Mary upset by BYU the week before. The next year, South Alabama did pull off a shocker to open the season, upsetting Mississippi State 21-20 enroute to a berth in the 2016 Arizona Bowl, where the Jaguars lost to the Air Force Academy. The Huskers averaged 7.0 yards per carry on the ground and completed more than 68% of their passes in a 48-9 blowout victory in 2015.

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Frost brings a lot of enthusiasm to the program and he showed at UCF that he can make a big jump in his second year. The Cornhuskers have an advantage of having their toughest games at home this season. Nebraska was playing as well as anyone at the end of last season and I think that momentum will carry over this year. The Nebraska offense should remain very strong and I would suspect a second year under Frost should have the defense making some improvements as well. They get Ohio State, Northwestern, Iowa and Wisconsin all in Lincoln. Given the Big Ten West isnt a deep division, I like Nebraska to make the jump to about 9 wins this season. Martinez will be one of the most productive QBs in the nation.

Depth at the other defensive end position is going to be improved with the return of junior Riley Cole (63 235 lbs.; 55 tackles in 2017) and senior Rocel McWilliams (63 250 lbs.; 23 tackles in 2017) to compete with senior Taji Stewart (63 250 lbs.; 28 tackles, 3.5 for a loss last season) and junior Jeramiah Littles (62 270 lbs.; 16 tackles, 4 for a loss last season). Senior defensive end Tyree Turner (65 285 lbs.) was a second-team all-Sun Belt honoree last season. Senior nose tackle Jordon Beaton (61 300 lbs.) also returns after a 30 tackle junior season. In 2015, he had two tackles against Nebraska, including a tackle of Terrell Newby for a one yard loss. His ten tackles for loss led the team and his 51 total tackles ranked fourth.

The over is listed at -120, while the under is at +100. According to oddsmakers, the Cornhuskers come into the 2019 season with an over/under of 8 wins. Frost saw the 2018 season start with six straight losses before Nebraska won four of its final six games to get to 4-8. Their last two losses were by a combined eight points against Ohio State and Iowa on the road.

Junior college transfer Terrion Avery (59 195 lbs.) and four redshirt freshmen round out the running back depth chart. South Alabama needs to replace the top two quarterbacks as well as two of the top three receivers from last season. It might have to in 2019. Leading rusher Tra Minter (59 200 lbs.) returns for his senior season after rushing for 801 yards and six touchdowns last season, but for this to work, Minter will have to improve on his 4.4 yards per carry average.