The Nebraska Cornhuskers will attempt to do something that no other team has done this season…hand the unbeaten Iowa Hawkeyes a loss!
Both programs have found plenty of reasons to dislike each other and the week leading up to Friday’s game in Lincoln hasn’t been any different.
“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,” Hawkeye WR Matt VandeBerg said without specifics.
A Closer Look At THe Iowa Hawkeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers Spread, My ATS Pick & Betting Tips
In 2011, the Big Ten stuck the Cornhuskers and Hawkeyes in the same division and scheduled their annual matchup on the day after Thanksgiving NFL action. Why did the Big Ten brain-trust pick Black Friday? To ensure that the game would get as much exposure as possible. The schools got in on the fun, naming the matchup the “Heroes Game” and dedicating a trophy for the winner before a snap was ever taken.
The college football rivalry week spread favors the Iowa Hawkeyes by 1.5-points to beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Now, let’s find out who’s going to strike pay dirt when the Big Ten rivals square off in an intriguing Week 13 matchup that gets underway on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
What: No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes (11-0) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-6)
When: Friday, November 27, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Lincoln, NE
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Weather: 31° F | Morning Clouds
Spread: Iowa -1.5
Moneyline: Iowa -135 vs Nebraska +115
Game Total: 58
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Iowa vs Nebraska
Bet The Iowa Hawkeyes at -1.5 Because…
Unbeaten Iowa (11-0 SU, 6-5 ATS) 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.
Bet The Nebraska Cornhuskers at -1.5 Because…
Nebraska (5-6 SU, 6-5 ATS)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."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
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.