Nebraska vs. Iowa NCAA Football Betting Preview

Posted by Daniel Strum on November 25, 2015 in

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will look to become bowl-eligible and hand the unbeaten and College Football Playoff hopeful Iowa Hawkeyes their first loss of the season when they host their Big Ten rivals at Memorial Stadium on Friday. Now, let’s find out who’s going to strike pay dirt when the two Big Ten foes square off in an intriguing Week 13 College football odds matchup that gets underway.

How To Bet the Hawkeyes @ Cornhuskers NCAA Football Odds & Game Info

When: 3:30 PM ET, Friday, November 27, 2015
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
NCAAF Odds: Iowa -1.5
Over/Under: 58

Why Bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-0 SU, 6-5 ATS)

Unbeaten Iowa looked as good as they say they are in their convincing 40-20 win against Purdue although the Hawkeyes fell just short of covering the spread as 24-point home favorites. Quarterback C.J. Beathard completed 12 of 20 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns while running back Jordan Canzeri rushed 13 times for 95 yards and one touchdown. Junior running back LeShun Daniels Jr. added two rushing scores on eight carries.

Now the Hawkeyes will look to keep their perfect record intact against their hated border-state rivals – and the trash-talking has apparently already begun. “Some of the things that are coming out of their camp toward us aren’t necessarily the nicest things, and we’re just going to go out there and do our job,” Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg said.

Why Bet on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-6 SU, 6-5 ATS)

Nebraska committed more than their share of mistakes but still managed to take down Rutgers 31-14 in Week 12 to easily cash in as a 7.5-point road favorite. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong threw three touchdown passes but also tossed three interceptions in the win. The good news is that the Cornhuskers shut down the Scarlet Knights’ rushing attack by limiting them to just 89 yards.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley needs a win in this contest to become bowl-eligible in what has been a mediocre first season with the Cornhuskers. “You have to have some inherent pride in being a competitor,” Riley said. “You’ve got to love that as a coach and as a player, to be able to take advantage of an opportunity to beat a well-respected team.”

My Expert Nebraska vs Iowa Game Analysis & Pick:

66 percent of the betting public likes Iowa to win and cash in and I say they’re right on the mark! As a matter of fact, I can’t understand why 34 percent of the betting public likes Nebraska to cover the spread in this huge Big Ten battle.

Iowa has compiled an incendiary 13-3 ATS mark in their last 16 road games while Nebraska has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record. More importantly, the Hawkeyes have the more consistent quarterback in this contest and have simply been better on both sides of the ball all season long. Even in their Week 12 win, Nebraska, and more specifically, quarterback Tommy Armstrong, consistently turned the ball over. While Rutgers couldn’t make Nebraska pay for those miscues, Iowa will.

I fully expect the Hawkeyes stingy defense to force Armstrong into at least two costly turnovers en route to a solid road win.

My Pick: Iowa 37 Nebraska 28