Nebraska vs. Iowa Prediction
Can the Nebraska Cornhuskers continue their recent surge when they go on the road to face Iowa this Friday at Noon ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
123 Nebraska at 124 Iowa
Friday, November 23, 2018
Noon ET – Kinnick Stadium
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Iowa is favored at home in this game, as the Hawkeyes are getting odds of -10 points against Nebraska. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 53 points. The public betting currently has 60 percent going on Nebraska on the road.
Huskers heating up
Nebraska is coming off a 9-6 win over Michigan State last week for its second straight win and fourth win in five games. The Huskers are 4-7 overall, 3-5 in the Big Ten, 5-5-1 against the spread and 6-5 with the over. Nebraska has covered the spread in three straight games.
The Cornhuskers have struggled on defense most of the season, but are improving. For the year, they are allowing 31.3 points and 434.8 yards per game. That includes nearly 190 rushing yards per game. On offense, Nebraska is putting up 30.2 points and 461.3 yards per game. Adrian Martinez has thrown for 2,357 yards and 15 touchdowns with seven interceptions while rushing for 553 yards. Devine Ozigbo has rushed for 1,032 yards and 12 touchdowns while Stanley Morgan Jr. has 63 catches for 923 yards and seven touchdowns.
Iowa gets on track
The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off a 63-0 win at Illinois last week, snapping a three-game losing streak. Iowa is now 7-4 overall, 4-4 in the Big Ten, 7-4 against the spread and 7-4 with the over. The Hawkeyes are just 1-3 against the spread in their last four games.
Iowa has been led all season by its defense, as the Hawkeyes are giving up 16.5 points and 279.9 yards per game. They are allowing under 100 rushing yards per contest. On offense, Iowa is putting up 31.5 points and 387 yards per contest. Quarterback Nate Stanley has thrown for 2,486 yards and 21 touchdowns to lead the offense while Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young have combined for over 1,100 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. T.J. Hockenson is the leading receiver with 41 catches for 663 yards and six touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
Nebraska is 5-0-1 against the spread in its last six conference games and 20-8-1 ATS in its last 29 road games.
Iowa is 15-5-1 ATS in its last 21 games on fieldturf and 7-3-1 ATS in its last 11 home games.
Nebraska has been playing better as of late. They have won four straight home games and their last two road games have been two losses by a combined eight points. That includes a trip against Ohio State and a trip against the Big Ten West champs, Northwestern. Iowa looked impressive last week, but the Hawkeyes had struggled with Northwestern, Purdue and Penn State prior to that. I think the Hawkeyes have their hands full with the Huskers this week. Nebraska is trying to build momentum for next season under Scott Frost and will treat this game with a lot of importance. I expect their offense to challenge the Iowa defense and their defense to show continued improvement. Iowa, until last week, hasn’t shown a lot of ability to really dominate a game, so I expect this to be close and will happily take the points.
College Football Prediction: Nebraska +10