01/01/2002 1:00AM

Miami won't cover spread


On the bright side, the college bankroll continues to show a healthy profit for the bowl season on a record of 9-5 through Monday's games. For the whole year, the bankroll is at 998 units (pending games on Tuesday and Wednesday) after also starting the season at 1,000.

Nebraska (+8 1/2) vs. Miami

Miami obviously has the incentive of an undefeated season and a national championship, but Nebraska also wants the national title (even if it's split) and also has the motivation of wanting to make up for its embarrassing 62-36 loss to Colorado and shut up the critics who say they don't belong in the Rose Bowl. If you throw out the Colorado game (just like a handicapper can throw out a bad race), Nebraska can be competitive. Nebraska's defense was like a sieve in that game, but the Cornhuskers will fare better with a month to prepare for Miami QB Ken Dorsey, RB Clinton Portis and Co.

Miami has struggled with a couple of the best teams it faced this season, escaping a late scare vs. Boston College and barely holding off Virginia Tech. The Miami defense is vulnerable to the run, and that's obviously what Nebraska does best. BC ran for 131 yards against Miami with William Green on the bench and Virginia Tech racked up 167 yards.

This line was as high as 10, but there's still value in getting more than a touchdown with a veteran team that won't be intimidated by Miami or the title game setting.

Play: Nebraska for 11 units.