Matt Rhule-Led Nebraska are 7.0-Point Underdogs to Minnesota

  • The Minnesota Golden Gophers host the Nebraska Cornhuskers for their season opener as a 7.0-point favorite.
  • With former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule taking over for Nebraska, the Cornhuskers have valuable +230 moneyline odds.
  • Minnesota vs Nebraska kicks off on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

MINNEAPOLIS – Big Ten rivals Minnesota and Nebraska square off on Thursday night, with betting odds favoring the Golden Gophers to win by a touchdown. The 43.0-point total is favored to go over with -115 odds.

Betting odds at USA online sportsbooks predict Matt Rhule will be unsuccessful in his coaching debut with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Minnesota Vs Nebraska Betting Lines

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Minnesota -7.0 (-110) -280 O43.0 (-115)
Nebraska +7.0 (-110) +230 U43.0 (-105)

Minnesota finished the 2022 season with a 9-4 record, finishing just outside of the top 10. Meanwhile, 2022 was a season to forget for Cornhusker fans who saw their squad finish with a 4-8 record.

Nebraska Trending Up

Firing Scott Frost and hiring Matt Rhule could spark a turnaround for Nebraska. Matt Rhule has a history of turning college football programs around, as he took an 1-11 Baylor Bears team and won 11 games two years later.

After a stint in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, Rhule brings NFL coaching experience to a Nebraska team with potential. Nebraska quarterback Casey Thompson threw for 2,407 passing yards and 17 touchdowns in 2022.

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However, CFB online sportsbooks favor Minnesota because of their stout defense in 2022. The Golden Gophers finished fourth in the country for allowing 13.8 points per game.

Minnesota Trending Down

The Golden Gophers lost their all-time leading rusher Mohamed Ibrahim and winningest quarterback in program history, Tanner Morgan. Redshirt sophomore Athan Kaliakmanis takes over at quarterback in 2023, but Minnesota online sportsbooks have too much confidence in the unproven Kaliakmanis.

The 7.0-point favoritism towards Minnesota is likely based on last season’s results instead of this season’s projections. Bet the Cornhuskers to cover the 7.0-point spread or win outright with +230 odds on Thursday night.