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Last Updated Jul 31, 2022, 1:02 PM

2022 Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions


The 2021 Nebraska football season ended with a 3-9 mark, the most losses in a single season since a 1-9 record in 1957. The losses also tied a school record, which isn't something head coach Scott Frost needed. He was forced to restructure his contract, hire a mostly all new coaching staff and relinquish his hold on the offensive coordinator duties. Mark Whipple arrives from Pittsburgh after working his magic with QB Kenny Pickett and the Panthers offense in 2021.

Nebraska needs a turnaround, and fast. Under legendary coach Tom Osborne, this is a team which lost a total of six games in a five-year span from 1993-97. This is a program which hasn't won major bowl games in a while, but there is a recent generation which remembers when the Huskers were a powerhouse program like Alabama, Clemson or Georgia in present day. Nebraska was that team, and fans of the Big Red would love to get back to those halcyon days.

Frost has yet to have a winning season in four campaigns at his alma mater. He is 4-8, 5-7, 3-5 and 3-9 in his four seasons, and if he wasn't an alum, he might not have as long of a leash as he has been given. This season might be it, however, so he needs a bowl trip and likely a winning season to turn down the temperature.

As ugly as the record was, the Huskers were competitive. Eight of the games were one-score losses by eight or more points, and the Ohio State loss at home on Nov. 6 was the worst loss, but just by nine points.

Unfortunately for Frost, QB Adrian Martinez elected to leave the program through the transfer portal, heading to Kansas State. He will be replaced by incoming transfer QB Casey Thompson, formerly of Texas. Thompson will likely be working behind new center Trent Hixson, as C Cam Jurgens left school early. Offensive line coach Donovan Raiola has his work cut out to get five capable O-linemen to protect Thompson, but there is some talent here.

Thompson will work to quickly jell with WR Omar Manning (26-380-2). He and WR Alante Brown are the best hopes for production, as well as TE Travis Vokolek. He replaces TE Austin Allen, who elected to leave for the NFL.

On defense, the team returns four of the top five tacklers from a defense which wasn't that bad. LBs Luke Reimer (108 TKL) and Nick Henrich form a great core, and CB Quinton Newsome is solid in the back end. Nebraska needs to find more of a pass rush, however, and with inexperience up front, stopping the run game could be a chore.

A coin-flip game in Ireland against Northwestern to start, and two cupcake non-conference tilts could get the Huskers off on the right foot. A renewal of their rivalry with Oklahoma from the Big 8 days will be must-watch, although Big Red might not be ready for that big mountain.

The schedule sets up nicely for success, however, with only trips to Michigan and Iowa looking terribly daunting. At the very least, this team should go 6-6, with a couple of other games which could go in their favor if they find a pass rush, run stoppers, etc. The best bet is to the UNDER based on what we've seen recently, but Nebraska finally looks to be rising from the ashes and ready to return to a bowl for the first time since 2016.

Best Bet: Nebraska Under 7.5 Wins (+100)


  • Sat., Aug. 27 - vs. Northwestern*
  • Sat., Sept. 3 - vs North Dakota
  • Sat., Sept. 10 - vs. Georgia Southern
  • Sat., Sept. 17 - vs. Oklahoma
  • Sat., Oct. 1 - vs. Indiana
  • Fri., Oct. 7 - at Rutgers
  • Sat., Oct. 15 - at Purdue
  • Sat., Oct. 29 - vs. Illinois
  • Sat., Nov. 5 - vs. Minnesota
  • Sat., Nov. 12 - at Michigan
  • Sat., Nov. 19 - vs. Wisconsin
  • Fri., Nov. 25 - at Iowa


  • Over 7.5 (-130)
  • Under 7.5 (+100)



The Huskers aren't going to challenge for a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game anytime soon, but the trajectory finally looks to be on the right path, and this team could be much better than we've seen in quite some time. Big Red is looking for its first winnings season and bowl trip since 2016. Let's see them attain bowl eligibility first before we start entertaining potential division wins and championship trophies.



Nebraska hasn't legitimately had a national championship caliber team since 2000. It's been a while in Lincoln, and even the most "Nebraska Nice" fan is getting a bit impatient with the lack of success. Football is important to the folks in the Cornhusker State, but don't expect a sniff of the national title for these proud folks anytime soon.

Omar Manning will be one of the more productive Huskers in 2022. (Getty Images)


Casey Thompson (QB) +8000

Thompson completed 63.2% of his pass attempts for 2,113 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season at Texas, and he ran for four more scores. That is decent enough production, and he should fill the void left by Martinez. However, he wont have eye-popping numbers to warrant much in the way of Heisman consideration, so you can steer far clear of this.


  • SU: 3-9
  • ATS: 7-5
  • O/U: 6-6
  • ATS-Home: 4-3
  • ATS-Road: 3-2
  • ATS-Favorite: 3-4
  • ATS-Underdog: 4-1


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