The 2018 college football season comes to an end on Friday for Nebraska in Coach Scott Frost’s first season – look out for the Huskers next year! Iowa, meanwhile, is looking for a win to potentially improve its bowl standing in the Big Ten and is a Mybookie Sportsbook favorite.
Nebraska vs Iowa NCAA Football Week 12 Spread & Pick
- When: Saturday, noon ET
- Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
- TV: Fox
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- Radio: TuneIn
- NCAA Football Week 12 Spread: Iowa -10 (Total 52.5)
- Chance of Rain: 6°C/43°F
- Humidity: 81%
- Precipitation: 51%
- Cloud Cover: 95%
- Wind: 14 mph S
- Stadium Type: Open
Last SeasonThe Huskers closed last season with a 56-14 loss to Iowa in what would be Mike Riley’s last game as Nebraska coach. Akrum Wadley ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa scored 28 points in less than a 7-minute span over the halves. Tight end Noah Fant returned to his home state and caught three passes for a career-high 116 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa has outscored the Huskers 96-24 in the last two games but found itself down 14-7 late in the second quarter.
The Hawks scored in the final minute of the half to tie it 14-all on Nate Stanley’s 4-yard pass to Fant, who grew up 50 miles away in Omaha, and the Hawkeyes struck for three quick TDs in the third quarter to take control. Iowa finished with a season-high 505 total yards and put the game away in the third quarter, scoring 28 points and outgaining Nebraska 209-69.
Iowa and Nebraska are playing “The Hy-Vee Heroes Game” Friday, with the winner claiming the Heroes Trophy. The trophy game between the Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers was established in 2011. Since its inception, Iowa leads the series, 4-3. Iowa gained possession of the trophy for the first time me with a 38-17 win at Nebraska in 2013. The Hawkeyes reclaimed it in 2015 with a 28-20 win in Lincoln. That was Iowa’s first of three straight victories in the series. Before Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, the teams met 41 times as non-conference opponents, including 14 games between 1930 and 1946.
Why Bet on Nebraska?The Huskers upset Michigan State 9-6 on Saturday. Freshman Barret Pickering kicked three fourth-quarter field goals, including the game-winner with 5:13 remaining. Nebraska (4-7, 3-5 Big Ten Conference) closed its home season by winning its final four home games and won a football game without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 1937, a 3-0 victory over Kansas State.
Senior running back Devine Ozigbo ran 18 times for 74 yards and surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season. Ozigbo is the first Husker to have a 1,000-yard rushing season since Ameer Abdullah in 2014. Nebraska, facing the Big Ten Conference’s No. 1 rushing defense, finished with 103 rushing yards, including enough on its final series to run out the clock. Michigan State entered the game allowed 76 rushing yards per game.
Senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught four passes for 67 yards. Morgan increased his career receptions total to 182 to surpass Kenny Bell’s previous school record of 181 career receptions. He increased his career receiving yardage total to 2,666 to move within 23 yards of Bell’s career receiving yardage record of 2,689 yards. It marked the 37th straight game Morgan has had at least one reception, tying Johnny Rodgers’ school record. Morgan has had at least three catches in 22 of the past 23 games.
Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez had 163 yards of total offense, including 18 rushing yards and 145 passing yards. Martinez increased his season total offensive yardage to 2,910 to move up one spot to eighth on the season total offense list. Martinez is 90 yards shy of posting the seventh 3,000-yard total offense season in NU history.
Nebraska will be playing on the day after Thanksgiving for the 29th straight season, including the eighth straight meeting with Iowa. The Huskers also played Oklahoma (1990-95) and Colorado (1996-2010) in their streak of Thanksgiving Friday games.
Why Bet on Iowa?Iowa crushed Illinois 63-0 on Saturday. The 63-point margin of victory is the largest of the Kirk Ferentz era and tied for the 12th-largest in Iowa history. It is tied for the worst in Illinois history (1906 vs. University of Chicago). The Hawkeyes led 7-0 in the first quarter before erupting for 28 points in the second quarter.
After throwing an interception on his first attempt of the game, junior Nate Stanley rebounded to complete 13-of-21 attempts for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Tight ends Noah Fant (3 catches, 54 yards) and T.J. Hockenson (2-48) combined for five catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Stanley has 21 touchdown passes, third-most in the Big Ten. He needs six touchdowns to tie e Chuck Long (1985) for Iowa’s single-season record. He is 15 yards shy of becoming the ninth player in school history to reach 5,000 career passing yards.
Iowa’s rushing attack averaged 5.5 yards per carry, finishing with 203 yards on 37 attempts. Sophomore Mekhi Sargent became the first Hawkeye in 2018 to eclipse the 100-yard mark, finishing with 121 yards on 17 attempts with two touchdowns, while sophomore Toren Young had 67 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
The Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten in scoring defense (16.5), rushing defense (99.5), passing defense (180.1), and total defense (279.5). Iowa’s total defense ranks sixth. Its rushing defense ranks eighth in the country. Iowa is ninth in the country in scoring defense. The Hawkeyes are tied for second in the B1G with 31 sacks. DE A.J. Epensesa leads the team and tied for second in the B1G with 8.5 sacks. DE Anthony Nelson has tied for sixth in the B1G with 7.5 sacks. The 16 combined sacks are the most of any pair of teammates in the B1G. The Hawkeyes have 17 interceptions in 2018, most in the B1G and Ɵ ed for second in the country.
Nebraska vs Iowa NCAA Football Week 13 Betting Trends
- Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings
- Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings
- Cornhuskers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings
- Nebraska is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nebraska’s last 6 games on the road
- Iowa is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa’s last 6 games at home