Dave's College Picks Against the Spread: Nebraska-Virginia Tech

dave darbySenior Analyst ISeptember 17, 2009

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 1: The Virginia Tech Hokie mascot rallies the Hokie fans at the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Virginia Tech Hokies on November 1, 2007 at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Hokies beat the Yellow Jackets 27-3.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-1)  vs. No. 19 Nebraska (2-0)

Line: Virginia Tech -5.5

This will be Virginia Tech's second attempt this season to take down a Top 25 team after falling 34-24 against No. 5 Alabama in week one.

The Hokies bounced back last week with a 52-10 beat down of Marshall. While he didn't catch a pass in the game against Marshall, tight end Sam Wheeler was given some credit for his blocking, which helped the run game improve.

Wheeler is back on the field after his rehab from surgery for a torn ACL. The production of freshman running back David Wilson certainly is a big help as well. Wilson rushed for 165 yards on 12 carries (13.75-yard average).

Nebraska has made easy work of the Sun Belt Conference thus far with blowouts of Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State.

The 38-9 victory over Arkansas State is a much more impressive feat than it appears as they have a high powered offense that was shut down by the Black Shirts.

Quarterback Zac Lee threw four touchdown passes and passed for 340 yards, leading Nebraska to 490 total yards against Arkansas State.

The win against Arkansas State was the sixth in a row for the Cornhuskers. The defense looks strong if untested against top 25 type offenses. The passing game has been effective and Roy Helu Jr. continues to have success on the ground.

But Nebraska may not be equipped to handle the firepower that Virginia Tech brings to the table. Virginia Tech has not only the speed that Nebraska has had a glimpse of this year, but the power to go along with it.

The Hokies have won 31 straight non-league home games. While Nebraska has beaten the spread both games this year, the Cornhuskers are just 4-8-1 against the number in their last 13 games on the road. 

Virginia Tech will run the ball effectively while controlling the clock and Nebraska's passing game. I like this Nebraska team and know they will have a lot of success this year, just don't think it will be this week.  I'm on the Hokies.

Dave's Pick: Virginia Tech -5.5