See Nebraska run. Watch Colorado pass.
In a clash of contrasting offenses, the nation's No. 1 rushing team faces the No. 4 passing team Saturday in a Big Eight showdown at Lincoln.Led by its talented tailback tandem of Calvin Jones and Derek Brown, Nebraska is averaging 348 yards on the ground. Jones leads the Big Eight in rushing with 109 yards per game, just ahead of Brown's 105.
Meanwhile, Colorado's new pass-happy attack is producing 334 yards per contest. Koy Detmer and Kordell Stewart have alternated at quarterback, so neither has played enough to qualify for league or national passing rankings. If they were eligible, they would be 1-2 in the Big Eight and both would be in the top 10 nationally
Defensively, Colorado has the edge.
The Buffaloes are No. 4 nationally in pass defense and No. 16 gainst the rush. The defense was at its best last week, limiting Kansas State to 16 yards, and stopping the Wildcats for zero or minus yardage 30 times.
Nebraska only gives up one more point per game than Colorado, but the Cornhuskers allow 65 more yards and are vulnerable against the pass.
The teams are tied for No. 8 in the AP poll and they tied last season 19-19 at Boulder. But Colorado (6-0-1) is unbeaten in its last 25 Big Eight games, and Nebraska (5-1) hasn't defeated a Top 10 team since 1988.
With the home-field advantage, Nebraska is a 51/2-point favorite. Don't be fooled. . . . COLORADO 24-21.
In other games:
West Virginia (plus 21) at No. 1 Miami: Hurricanes have won 54 straight against unranked teams . . . MIAMI 28-10.
No. 15 Stanford (plus 121/2) at No. 2 Washington: Huskies have never lost on Halloween (10-0-1) . . . WASHINGTON 17-10.
No. 3 Michigan (minus 28) at Purdue: Wolverines can set record with 18th straight Big Ten victory . . . MICHIGAN 48-7.
No. 5 Texas A&M (minus 27) at Southern Methodist: Aggies beat Mustangs 65-6 last year . . . TEXAS A&M 38-7.
No. 6 Florida St. (minus 7) at No. 23 Virginia: Slumping Cavaliers shock the Seminoles . . . VIRGINIA 27-24.
No. 7 Georgia (minus 5) vs. No. 20 Florida at Jacksonville: Teams have split last eight meetings . . . GEORGIA 28-21.
No. 10 Notre Dame (minus 38) vs. Navy at East Rutherford, N.J.: Irish have won 28 straight over Midshipmen . . . NOTRE DAME 55-10.
Temple (plus 30) at No. 11 Boston College: Big mismatch in Big East . . . BOSTON COLLEGE 44-7.
Pittsburgh (plus 201/2) at No. 12 Syracuse: Orangemen 8-0 in Big East over last two years . . . SYRACUSE 34-27.
No. 13 Southern Cal (minus 5) at Arizona St.: Arizona State only Pac-10 team with winning record against Trojans . . . ARIZONA ST. 21-20.
No. 14 Penn St. (minus 8) at Brigham Young: Lions' RB Richie Anderson is nation's leading scorer . . . PENN ST. 34-24.
No. 16 Tennessee (minus 131/2) at South Carolina: Vols snap two-game losing streak . . . TENNESSEE 21-14.
New Mexico St. (no line) at No. 17 Arizona: Wildcats No. 1 in rushing defense . . . ARIZONA 31-3.
Oklahoma St. (plus 20) at No. 18 Kansas: Jayhawks off to best start since 1968 . . . KANSAS 45-7.
Oregon (plus 7) at No. 19 Washington St.: Cougars rebound from loss to Southern Cal . . . WASHINGTON ST. 31-17.
No. 22 North Carolina (minus 4) at Maryland: Tar Heels ranked for first time this season . . . NORTH CAROLINA 27-24.Comment on this story
No. 24 Mississippi St. (minus 61/2) at Kentucky: Bulldogs 1-9 in Lexington . . . KENTUCKY 17-14.
No. 25 Texas (minus 21/2) at Texas Tech: Red Raiders upset Longhorns . . . TEXAS TECH 28-27.
Last week: 20-1 (straight); 7-10 (spread).
Season: 120-29 (straight); 68-61 (spread).