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CFB : First Half Matchup
Saturday 9/22/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



NEBRASKA (0 - 2) at MICHIGAN (2 - 1)
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Week 4 Saturday, 9/22/2018 12:00 PM
Board First Half
NEBRASKA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-2-5.80-20-223.514.0464.5(5.9)3.028.517.0324.0(4.6)1.0
Last 3 Games0-2-5.80-20-223.514.0464.5(5.9)3.028.517.0324.0(4.6)1.0
Turf Games0-2-5.80-20-223.514.0464.5(5.9)3.028.517.0324.0(4.6)1.0
NEBRASKA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.514.023.531:1951-258(5.1)19-2867.9%206(7.4)79-464(5.9)(19.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.813.318.529:5639-140(3.6)18-3257.6%224(7)71-364(5.2)(16)
Defense (All Games)28.517.019.028:4034-93(2.7)23-3566.2%230(6.5)70-324(4.6)(11.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.37.722.521.530:2841-195(4.8)22-3268.7%236(7.4)73-432(5.9)(11.5)

MICHIGAN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-1-1.61-21-237.022.0397.3(6.6)
Home Games2-001-11-147.028.0442.5(7.9)0.511.53.5263.5(3.8)1.0
Last 3 Games2-1-1.61-21-237.022.0397.3(6.6)
Turf Games2-1-1.61-21-237.022.0397.3(6.6)
MICHIGAN - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.31.915.921.833:3041-177(4.3)19-3160.4%220(7)72-396(5.5)(12.4)
Offense Home Games47.028.020.529:2838-252(6.6)13-1875.0%190(10.6)56-442(7.9)(9.4)
Defense (All Games)15.79.320.029:5039-122(3.1)16-3052.2%155(5.2)69-276(4)(17.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.411.720.127:3036-149(4.1)17-3154.5%214(6.9)67-363(5.4)(13.7)
Defense Home Games11.53.519.530:3135-116(3.3)17-3451.5%147(4.3)69-263(3.8)(22.9)
Average power rating of opponents played: NEBRASKA 38.5,  MICHIGAN 34
NEBRASKA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2018@ MICHIGAN            
10/6/2018@ WISCONSIN            
10/13/2018@ NORTHWESTERN            

MICHIGAN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/1/2018@ NOTRE DAME17-24L-3L48.5U33-5824-36-249247-13212-22-1701
9/8/2018W MICHIGAN49-3W-27.5W56U35-30813-18-143040-12316-34-851
9/29/2018@ NORTHWESTERN            
10/20/2018@ MICHIGAN ST            
NEBRASKA: After Mike Riley led Nebraska to two losing seasons in the past three years, the Cornhuskers went out and hired Scott Frost. Frost comes to Lincoln after leading Central Florida to a perfect 13-0 season'which included an impressive win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl. His up-tempo offense will be a new look for the Big Ten. And defensively, this unit will take a lot of chances trying to cause turnovers. The problem is that it could lead to a lot of mistakes until Frost brings in more of his own recruits. Could Nebraska go 7-5 or 8-4 this year? It's possible. But it's unrealistic to expect much more than that right off the bat.'
MICHIGAN: While some might not want to admit it, Jim Harbaugh's return to Michigan hasn't yet yielded the desired results. The Wolverines haven't made it to a Big Ten Championship Game, and they also haven't beaten the Buckeyes. But this could be the year that changes. Ole Miss transfer QB Shea Patterson is now the face of this Michigan program, and he put up some impressive numbers as a freshman in the SEC. The Wolverines also have a great group of pass-catchers, as Grant Perry, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Eddie McDoom and Tarik Black are all capable of making big plays. Michigan is also stacked on defense, as DT Rashan Gary is a stud and the secondary is tough to beat. Ohio State might be the favorite to win the conference, but Michigan represents some serious value for futures bettors.
No. 19 Michigan and Nebraska share similarities

No. 19 Michigan and Nebraska seem to have a lot of similarities going into their Big 10 opener Saturday.

Both are storied programs with passionate fan bases. Both have coaches who played quarterback during their college days at their school and were widely considered as "grand slam" head coaching hires, and both want badly to avoid an 0-1 start in conference play.

However, as the teams prepare for a noon clash at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, the direction each is going seems to be the big difference between the Cornhuskers and Wolverines.

Following a season-opening loss at Notre Dame, Michigan enters with renewed confidence with blowout home wins over Western Michigan and SMU the past couple weeks.

Skeptics will point out that those improved performances came against, well, Western Michigan and SMU, but Michigan hopes some positive developments the past two weeks will continue against better competition.

Quarterback Shea Patterson, a much-hyped transfer from Ole Miss, completed 26 of 35 passes the past two weeks and might have found a favorite receiving target in sophomore Donovan Peoples-Jones, a five-star recruit who might be starting to live up to his promise after catching three touchdown passes against SMU.

"I think overall, Shea has been seeing the field really well and making accurate throws on time," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He's getting good protection for the most part and receivers across the board have been catching the football and getting open."

Built to win now with 10 starters back on a defensive unit that has multiple NFL prospects, Michigan hopes the offense can continue to make strides and complement its fierce defense.

On the other side, Nebraska isn't built to win now.

After leading Central Florida to an unbeaten season last year and taking the coaching job at Nebraska, the place he starred as quarterback in the 1990s, Scott Frost knew instant success wouldn't happen this year at Nebraska as he tried to instill his principles and foundation.

But Frost or few at Nebraska expected the team to get off to an 0-2 start for the first time since 1957, which is what the Cornhuskers did following an embarrassing 24-19 home loss to Troy last week.

The biggest question for Nebraska will be the health of starting quarterback Adrian Martinez, who was given the starter's job before the season as a freshman.

Martinez had an impressive debut in a season-opening 33-28 loss to Colorado but suffered a right leg injury late in that game and didn't play in the loss to Troy.

Backup quarterback Andrew Bunch started in place of Martinez.

Frost said Martinez practiced Monday but is questionable to play Saturday.

Frost said that whether or not Martinez plays, his offense needs to be a lot crisper against Michigan's formidable defense.

"If you are going to move the ball consistently on offense, you have to have 11 guys execute well better than 90 percent of the time," Frost said. "We're not there. We're at the point where we are doing it 70 or 80 percent of the time and the other 30 to 20 percent is biting us and costing us drive."

There is also a history of animosity between Frost and Michigan fans dating back to the 1997 season.

Michigan was named the national champion in the AP poll that year, but Nebraska was named champion in the coaches poll after Frost made an impassioned plea to voters that Nebraska deserved at least a share of the title that season following a lopsided Orange Bowl win over Tennessee.

Michigan fans feel that politicking cost the Wolverines what at the time would have been their first outright national title since 1948.

Frost further got under the skin of Michigan fans two years ago when Central Florida played at Michigan in what was Frost's first year as coach at Central Florida.

Despite seeing his team suffer a 51-14 loss, Frost after the game said Central Florida "outhit" Michigan that day.

Last Updated: 2/17/2020 9:34:28 AM EST

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