Iowa vs. Nebraska Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Iowa is favored on the road, as the Hawkeyes are getting odds of -3.5 points against Nebraska. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 53.5 points. Iowa has won two straight meetings with Nebraska and the two have hit the over in three of their last four encounters. The public is currently putting 75 percent of the wagers on Iowa in this game. Friday’s contest takes place from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska and the contest will air live on FS1.
After a big win over Ohio State, Iowa has dropped back-to-back games to Wisconsin and Iowa to fall to 6-5 on the season and 3-5 in the Big Ten. Iowa is 7-4 with the under, but the Hawkeyes have hit the over in two of its last three games. Iowa is holding opponents to 20.5 points and 363.4 yards per game this season while the offense is putting up 25.8 points and 325.3 yards per game. Nathan Stanley has thrown for 2,146 yards and 23 touchdowns to lead the team while Akrum Wadley has run for 862 yards and six touchdowns.
Nebraska is coming off a 56-44 loss at Penn State last week for its third straight loss. The Cornhuskers are now 4-7 on the season and 3-5 in the Big Ten. Nebraska is 6-4-1 with the over this season and 2-0-1 with it in its last three games. The Cornhuskers are allowing 34.6 points and 429.9 yards per game this season, including over 200 rushing yards per game. On offense, Nebraska is averaging 26.8 points and 395.7 yards per game. Tanner Lee has thrown for 2,938 yards with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season while Stanley Morgan Jr. has 54 receptions for 912 yards and eight touchdowns. Devine Ozigbo is the leading rusher with just 480 yards and three touchdowns.
Usually when you think of Iowa, you think of low-scoring games, but the Hawkeyes have been giving up some big points lately and even scoring some big points at times. Nebraska has the capability to have a high-scoring game as well, going 9-4 with the over in its last 13 Friday games. The Huskers are also 4-1-1 with the over in their last Big Ten games. Iowa has hit he over in five of its last 6 Friday games as well. Look for both teams to connect on some big plays and get over the total.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: IOWA/NEBRASKA OVER 53.5