PENN ST over Ne­braska by 24

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The sec­onds must feel like hours to Ne­braska head coach Mike Ri­ley as he slogs through the fi­nal weeks of a failed at­tempt to make the Huskers more com­pet­i­tive inside the Big Ten. At 4-6 SU, Neb­bish has no shot at con­tin­u­ing its 9-year bowl streak, and if the line reaches 25 points by kick­off, it will be the most points the Huskers have ever taken in Big Ten play. Bad enough that this sto­ried pro­gram lost by 42 points at home to Ohio State a month ago but it was an un­think­able 54-21 de­feat at the hands of medi­ocre Min­nesota that should prob­a­bly spell the end for Ri­ley af­ter just two sea­sons in Lin­coln. How far has Ne­braska’s stock fallen? Con­sider the fact that the Nit­tany Lions were in­stalled as 17.5-point chalk in this con­test in Ve­gas be­fore the start of the 2017 sea­son. With the cur­rent num­ber much higher, all the value for ei­ther side has been stripped out of this game. Both teams have hit bumps in the pre­vi­ous weeks with the Huskers los­ing four of their last five SU while Penn State has dropped two of its last three. No ATS edges, ei­ther, as the Lions are 3-5 SU and 2-6 ATS in Last Home Games while Big Red is a pal­try 1-4 ATS of late as dogs of 17 or more points. Sim­ply put, we have no in­ter­est in this mean­ing­less matchup. Next…

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