5Dimes Posts Low Win Total for Nebraska
Online sportsbook 5Dimes has apparently given Nebraska an over/under win total of 7.5 for the 2014 regular season. If we were the type of site to advocate sports betting, this might be a situation where we would say to bet on the Huskers. In six seasons, Bo Pelini has won at least 8 games every time. He brings back a star talent at running back and defensive end and a quarterback, that while sloppy at times, still delivered a 7-1 record as a starter. Yes the Huskers have a tough schedule, but not that tough.
Nebraska seems like an easy favorite over Florida Atlantic, McNeese State, Illinois, Rutgers, Purdue, at Northwestern, and Minnesota. Sure, the games against Northwestern and Minnesota were tough a year ago, but the both schools lost key weapons in the offseason. Evanston is not a tough place to play, except perhaps for the home team.
Then a single win at Fresno State, hosting Miami, or at Michigan State, Wisconsin, or Iowa would give the Huskers 8 wins. NU could easily be favored over both Fresno State and Miami so 9 wins hardly seems like a stretch.
So often, the sportsbooks are too kind to Nebraska such that you are left to either abstain from betting or tempted to bet against the Huskers. This year though, it seems like the smart money would be on NU exceeding the expectation.