The Nebraska Cornhuskers’ season is coming to a painful end as they hope to avoid losing a sixth straight game when they face the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday. The trouble is, Iowa is hot and one win away from a shot at the conference title. We don’t see a world where Nebraska will do anything to stop Iowa’s path to the big game.
Nebraska Still Without a Coach
After parting ways with Scott Frost a few games into the season, Nebraska still hasn’t announced his official replacement. With little time left this season, we don’t expect an announcement before 2023.
Mickey Joseph is the current interim coach and he piloted this team to a 0-5 losing streak heading into Iowa for this Big Ten showdown. The Cornhuskers are one of the worst teams in the Big Ten in against-the-spread betting, with a 4-7 record ATS.
Nebraska’s offense will have one heck of a time trying to get anything done against Iowa on Friday. While the Cornhuskers rank outside the top 100 in scoring (20.9 PPG), the Hawkeyes have one of the best defenses in the entire country.
The Cornhuskers have been held to 14 points or fewer in four straight games heading into this final week. All in all, Nebraska scored a total of 39 points in the last four weeks. Coincidentally, Iowa has held the opposing offense to 14 points or less in four straight weeks for 36 points total.
Combine the two, and I don’t see Nebraska having a fun time with the ball here.
Iowa Carving Path to Title Game
The Iowa Hawkeyes (7-4, 5-3) have been phenomenal down the stretch and appear destined to get crushed again by either Michigan or Ohio State in the BIg Ten Championship Game. But, for now, Iowa remains one of the best teams in the Big Ten and a hard team to fade against a weak Nebraska roster.
There is no standout star on this team, but rather a mixed bag of talent that forms a well-rounded roster. Quarterback Spencer Petras and RD Kaleb Johnson have solid numbers but nothing that jumps off the page.
Instead, Iowa relies heavily on one of the best defenses in the nation to get it done. It’s a strategy that works excellently against below-average teams like Nebraska.
Nebraska’s offense is terrible, as we pointed out earlier, and we don’t have any faith they will do anything other than get shut down on the road here. The matchup is just too good for Iowa.
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Nebraska vs Iowa Head-to-Head
The Cornhuskers and Hawkeyes have played annually since 1999. Nebraska went 4-1 in the first five games, but Iowa has not lost to Nebraska since 2014. The Hawkeyes are on a 7-0 streak and hold a slim 4-3 lead against the spread in that time. The Over/Under is 5-2.
Nebraska vs Iowa Game Information
- Game: Nebraska vs Iowa
- Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
- Day/Time: Friday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m. ET
- Nebraska vs Iowa Live Stream: ESPN
Nebraska vs Iowa Betting Lines
Nebraska vs Iowa Picks & Prediction
It’s almost as if the Iowa roster was designed to beat this Nebraska team. The defense stacks up so well that I would be surprised if Nebraska scored more than 14 in this game. With Iowa on the verge of a Big Ten Championship berth, don’t expect them to stumble now with such a weak opponent.
The Hawkeyes to cover is a solid play, as is the Nebraska team total under. The full game total is already pretty low, and Iowa could send this game over by themselves. Best stick to the Nebraska team total.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are listed at -380 in our Vegas NCAAF lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Hawkeyes, you have a chance to win $26. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are +300, offering a chance to win $300 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Iowa a 79.17% chance to win, with Nebraska at 25.00%.