A rivalry that dates back to 1891 takes center stage this weekend as the Iowa Hawkeyes visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Game time is 4:00 EST on Friday, November 24 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fans can watch the game on FS1.
The Hawkeyes are listed as 3-point favorites on the road with the over/under is set at 53.5 points. Click here for a full list of Week 13 betting odds and links to game previews.
Iowa vs Nebraska Vegas Game Odds & Betting Predictions
After their crushing defeat of Ohio State a few weeks ago, Iowa’s season has gone downhill. The Hawkeyes have lost their last two games, costing them a spot in the top-25 and ensuring that they have a losing record in conference play this year. Last week’s loss to Purdue was particularly disappointing.
Of course, at 6-5, Iowa knows they’ll be going to a bowl game. But they definitely don’t want to go to a bowl game on the heels of three straight losses. The Hawkeyes also don’t want to end the regular season by losing to their border rivals.
Nebraska, meanwhile, has already been disqualified from bowl contention after picking up their seventh loss of the season last week. Nebraska did put up a good fight against Penn State, but only after falling behind 42-10 at halftime. This figures to be Mike Riley’s final game in Lincoln, so it’ll be interesting to see if the players fight to send him out on a winning note or simply give up on the season with their bowl hopes already gone.
Remember, this is a rivalry game with plenty of history. The teams have split the six meetings since Nebraska joined the Big Ten. However, Iowa has won three of the last four years, including a 40-10 blowout in last year’s season finale.
Free College Football Betting Selection: Iowa -3
It’s tough to know who the real Iowa is this year. Is it the team that crushed Ohio State or the team that lost to Purdue last week? It’s tough to know for sure. However, I’ve seen enough of Nebraska this season to know who they are, and they’re not a team I like to win this game. With such a small spread, I’ll take my chances on an inconsistent Iowa team.
Iowa’s downfall the past couple of weeks has been their inability to run the ball, putting too much on the shoulders of quarterback Nathan Stanley. But I think it’ll be a little easier for the Hawkeyes to establish a ground game this week against a Nebraska team that’s been shredded on the ground much of the season. Just two weeks ago, the Cornhuskers gave up over 400 yards rushing against Minnesota. Even a team with a modest rushing attack like Iowa should run the ball with success against Nebraska.
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On the other side of the ball, I still have faith in the Iowa defense, despite two straight losses. With only a couple exceptions, the Hawkeyes have managed to hold every team they’ve played to a reasonable number of points. I don’t see any reason why that should change against Nebraska.
To be fair, the Cornhuskers are coming off an impressive offensive performance in the 2nd half against Penn State last week. But on the season, they’ve struggled to run the ball consistently, something you have to do in the Big Ten during the month of November. You also never know when Tanner Hall is going to have trouble with turnovers.
I’m not expecting a pretty game, especially with Iowa coming off back-to-back losses. But Nebraska hasn’t beaten a decent team all season and I’m not sure how motivated they’ll be to play this game. With only a field goal to cover, I’ll take my chances with Iowa in this rivalry game.