Nebraska at Iowa Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Kenny Bell on Tuesday,November 22, 2016 10:23, EST in

The No. 18 University of Nebraska will win the Big Ten West and play in the conference title game if the Huskers win at Iowa on Friday and Wisconsin is upset by Minnesota on Saturday, which isn’t very likely. NU is a small dog at Iowa on college football odds.

Nebraska at Iowa Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Friday, Nov. 25, 3:30 PM ET
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
TV: ABC
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Nebraska / Iowa
Opening NCAA Football Lines: Iowa -3 (TBA)

Why Bet on Nebraska?

The Huskers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) beat Maryland 28-7 on Saturday. Ryker Fyfe passed for 220 yards and a touchdown while filling in for injured starter Tommy Armstrong Jr. Terrell Newby ran for a career-high three touchdowns and Nebraska limited the Terrapins to 207 yards, including 11 rushing. Armstrong injured his hamstring against Minnesota and was not in uniform Saturday. Armstrong has started a school record-tying 43 games since 2013, winning 30. Fyfe completed a Nebraska team season-high 23 passes in 37 attempts for 220 yards including a four-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp to earn the victory.

It became apparent early on that Nebraska’s defense was dialed-in. In the second quarter, Maryland netted 1 rushing yard on five carries. Through three quarters, the Terrapins had 16 yards on 19 rushes. The Huskers' focus for Senior Day was impressive and showed up in their lack of penalties (two for 20 yards). Nebraska improved to 9-2 on the season to record its 50th nine-win season in school history. The Huskers also completed a perfect 7-0 home season in front of the NCAA-record 354th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley doesn’t know whom his QB will be for this game. Armstrong Jr. is still healing from a hamstring injury, and Riley said Fyfe broke a bone in his non-throwing wrist against Maryland. He had surgery to insert a pin. Fyfe’s injury is to his non-throwing hand, and he’ll have a brace on his injured hand, meaning he’s not totally incapacitated, but obviously hindered, at least. Zack Darlington, who moved to receiver in the spring, could be pressed into emergency duty for the Huskers. Riley doesn’t want to burn the redshirt of freshman Patrick O’Brien in the season’s final game. The plan is for both Armstrong and Fyfe to get some turns with the No. 1 offense during practices as coaches insert the offensive game plan, with Darlington also receiving some snaps.

Why Bet on Iowa?

The Hawkeyes (7-4, 5-3) are defending Big Ten West champions. They won at Illinois 28-0 last week. The Hawkeyes struggled to a 7-0 halftime lead before turning the game over to LeShun Daniels Jr. and the defense. The shutout was the first for Iowa since a win over Ball State in 2010. Illinois had just 198 yards of offense, had as many first downs — 10 — as punts and never pushed inside the Iowa 30. Daniels had 159 yards on 26 carries, including second-half touchdowns of 1 and 50 yards that put the game away.

Iowa is once again winning with a strong defense and a solid running game. The Hawkeyes allow just 18.6 points per game, and 365.2 yards of total offense. On the ground, Iowa averages more than 160 yards per game and has rushed for at least 200 yards three times, including 262 yards at Illinois.

Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell is one of five finalists for the Butkus Award. He has 105 tackles, five tackles for loss, a half-sack, five pass break-ups, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick. He’s tops in the Big Ten in tackles (one ahead of Indiana’s Tegray Scales) and he ranks tied for 14th in the nation in terms of most tackles.

Iowa is playing its fourth rivalry trophy game this season. Iowa entered the year in possession of all four rivalry trophies and has successfully defended the Cy-Hawk (W 42-3 vs. Iowa State) and Floyd of Rosedale (W 14-7 at Minn). Iowa lost the Heartland Trophy at home to Wisconsin (17-9). Nebraska and Iowa will battle for the Heroes Trophy when they hit the field at Kinnick Stadium on Friday.

Iowa’s last home win against Nebraska was in 1981 (10-7). That game marked the first game in which Kirk Ferentz served as an Iowa assistant. It is the only time Iowa has defeated a ranked Nebraska team. The visiting team has won four straight meetings in the series. Nebraska’s win in Lincoln in 2011 is the only victory by the home team since the Huskers joined the Big Ten.

Nebraska at Iowa Pick: Iowa

Road team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Cornhuskers are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 Friday games.

Take Iowa on college football odds.