Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Preview
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
When: Saturday, November 25, 3:00 PM ET
Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers (TBA) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (TBA) – view all NCAA Football odds and lines
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Betting on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (TBA)
Nebraska’s chances of making it to the Big Ten championship game isn’t entirely in its own hands but the Cornhuskers will take it, as they take on Iowa this Saturday.
Nebraska, which beat Maryland 28-7 in its last outing, needs to upend the Hawkeyes and hope Wisconsin do the same to Minnesota on Sunday if they were to make it to the conference championship. Taking care of Iowa, however, is going to be easier said than done for the Cornhuskers, especially if starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong ultimately misses the game. Armstrong was absent in the Maryland game with a hamstring ailment, thus paving the way for backup Ryker Fyfe to take over.
Fyfe didn’t disappoint, as he went for 220 passing yards and a touchdown on 23 of 37 passes. Fyfe, however, had his non-throwing arm suffer incur a broken wrist in that game and that could mean a starting gig for wide receiver Zack Darlington to play under center versus Iowa.
Facing Iowa’s stout defense and with a hobbling cast of quarterbacks, the Cornhuskers might have to rely even more their backfield, one that averages 186.2 yards per game, good for 55th in the nation.
Nebraska, which is allowing just 21.2 points per game, is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.
Betting on the Iowa Hawkeyes (TBA)
Shocking No. 3 Michigan two weeks ago was the crowning glory of Iowa’s season but don’t expect the Hawkeyes to just stop there. After handing Illinois with a 28-0 loss last Saturday, the Hawkeyes look to end their regular season schedule with a win at home against No. 18 Nebraska.
To accomplish that, Iowa’s defense has to show up just as it did in the past two games. The Hawkeyes limited the Wolverines to only 201 total yards then held the Fighting Illini to a mere 198. On the season, the Hawkeyes are 15th nationally in scoring defense with just 18.6 points allowed per game and 31st in total defense with opponents racking up only 365.2
With that kind of defense, it appears as though it could be a bit of an overkill if the Huskers proceeded to start a wide receiver at quarterback. In any case, Iowa has shown how sharp its defense’s teeth throughout the season it’ll have to stay that way against Nebraska.
On offense, expect Iowa to continue riding on the pair of Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels, who combined for 241 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Illinois.
Iowa is 2-0 AT S in its last two games.
Nebraska wins, 24-21.
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