No. The No. 12 Iowa Hawkeyes (9-2 Big Ten, 6-2 Big Ten) will face off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-8 and 1-7) in Lincoln, Neb. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m. ET. We will be looking at the Iowa and Nebraska odds and lines and making our expert college picks, predictions, and bets.
Since October’s two losses, Iowa has won three consecutive victories. These three wins were won by the Hawkeyes despite averaging just 297.7 yards per game. They will now travel to the road, where they are currently 3-1 this season and have been 6-1 in their last seven games.
Five consecutive losses for the Cornhuskers, including a defeat at No. 35 by 28 in March. 20 Wisconsin Saturday. Save for a nine point loss to the current No. Three Ohio State — were separated by just one point. The Cornhuskers are 20th in total yards per match (458.4), 23rd in passing yards per match (273.0), but only 64th for points scored per contest (28.5).
Last year, the Hawkeyes won 26-20.
Rankings courtesy the AFCA Coaches poll powered USA TODAY Sports.
Iowa odds at Nebraska spread and lines
- Nebraska -108 (bet $108 to win $100)
- Nebraska -0.5 (-108)
- Over/Under (O/U): 40.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
Iowa at Nebraska odds lines, picks, and predictions
Nebraska 24, Iowa 20
Scott Frost, Nebraska’s head coach, announced Monday that Adrian Martinez , the starting QB, will not be able to play in this game because of a shoulder injury. Therefore Logan Smothers , the Freshman QB will take on the Hawkeyes for his first career start. Smothers’s first attempt at passing Friday will be his 12th of the season. He is therefore a wildcard in handicapping near-pick ’em.
The UN offense, however, is run-first and may be capable of some play action hits. In deflecting chaos, the ‘Huskers have a better offense. Add in Iowa’s slightly poor turnover luck, and you have some margin for profit on Nebraska’s side.
UN won last year’s game by 20-13 in the third quarter. This slot is expected to bring back the revenge.
BACK THE CORNHUSKERS -108
PASS The half-point nature the current lines has essentially equalized the money line with ATS plays.
In the five series meetings, the Over is 4-1
While both defenses excel at avoiding big plays and both offenses have made some efforts in the second half to show potential value, there are still some issues.
An unseasonably warm Friday afternoon, with a breeze that sets up for two downwind quarters per side, it is worth leveraging a low total (with the hope that the current number will drop before kickoff).
BACK THE 40.5 (-115).
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