On Friday afternoon the 1-3 Nebraska Cornhuskers head to Kinnick Stadium to take on the 3-2 No. 24 Iowa Hawkeyes in what could be a career-altering game for Nebraska head coach Scott Frost.
Nebraska has been trying to climb back to the mountaintop for years, but can’t seem to stop stumbling over themselves, whereas Iowa is the pinnacle of consistency even in the rapidly changing CFB landscape. With the Hawkeyes you always know what you’re going to get; an extremely solid run game, a good tight end, wideouts who can make an occasional play paired with a fantastic defense. That hasn’t changed this season.
The Hawkeyes are ranked in the top half of every rushing offensive category, and are ranked 14 in rushing success rate with runs for 12+ yards on 14% of carries. The Cornhusker defense has struggled containing the run, allowing teams to stay ahead of the chains nearly half the time, ranked 111th in the nation.
The Nebraska offense has been decent on the ground, but like Iowa hasn’t been good through the air. Frost’s team has the 10th-best explosive running game in the nation, but the Hakweye defense is the best unit in the nation in terms of limiting big rushing plays. The guys in yellow and black allow just 102 rushing yards per game, and limit opposing offenses to a total of 16 points per game on average. Running back Luke McCaffery will need to have a massive game if NU wants to have any chance to pull an upset in this one.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Nebraska vs. Iowa on Friday, November 27th at 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Nebraska vs. Iowa (-14)
Point Total: 53.5
Money line: Nebraska (+400) vs. Iowa (-560)
- The Huskers are 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games and are 0-5 straight up against Iowa in the last five seasons
- The total has gone under in all but two of Nebraska’s last six games
- But when these teams meet the over tends to hit, having happened six times in the last seven meetings between the Big Ten West rivals.
Nebraska: (16% of handle, 19% percent of bets)
Iowa: (84% of handle, 81% percent of bets)
The Best Bet
Iowa’s just doesn’t seem to be like a favorable matchup for Nebraska, particularly going up against that solid defensive unit. The few things the Huskers do well on offense, the Hawkeyes are even better at stopping.
Pick: Iowa -14
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