Nebraska is no longer ranked after losing their second straight contest. This time, Nebraska lost at home to Minnesota. The online football line favors the hometown Hawkeyes by 1.5 points over the visiting Cornhuskers.
Now, the team from Lincoln has to travel to Iowa to battle a squad that absolutely murdered them in 2013 by a 17 to 38 score. Does Nebraska have what it takes to get another “W”, or have the wheels fallen off and football handicappers are going to see a repeat of last year’s matchup?
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Iowa Hawkeyes
When: Friday, Nov. 28 at 12:00 pm ET
Betting Line: Iowa -1.5
Analyzing The Nebraska at Iowa Online Football Line
Who would have thought that Nebraska would head to Iowa as an underdog after the Hawkeyes lost 14 to 51 to Minnesota? That loss just occurred about three weeks ago, meaning that in the span of three weeks, the fortunes of these two teams has changed dramatically.
For Iowa, a big 30 to 14 win over Illinois and a terrific 24 to 26 loss to Wisconsin, where Iowa showed a ton of grit, has made them the favorites versus the Cornhuskers who appear to be playing as if these games are nothing more than exhibitions.
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While Iowa was pushing Wisconsin to the limit as a -9.5 point dog, Nebraska was allowing Minnesota to put a beating on them as a -7.5 point home favorite. The Cornhuskers allowed Minnesota to rush for 281 yards. Since Nebraska gave up 581 yards on the ground to Wisconsin two games ago, the Cornhuskers’ defense has given up an insane 862 rushing yards in two games.
Iowa only averages 157.6 rushing yards, which means that Nebraska has a shot to upset the Hawkeyes on the road if it can hold Iowa to less than 240 rushing yards on the ground while going crazy in the ground game when they have the ball. Nebraska averages 256.2 yards per game on the ground. It needs to continually feed the rock to running back Ameer Abdullah in order to keep Iowa from blasting the Cornhusker defense.
If it does that, Nebraska has a shot to save its quickly sinking ship. The Cornhuskers are 0-3-1 against the spread in their last 4 games while Iowa is an exceptional 3 and 1 against the spread in their last 4 games.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 25, 2014
When it comes to the trends, Nebraska might actually be the team to beat against the spread. The Cornhuskers are 6 and 1 ATS in their last 7 games on the road. The Cornhuskers are also 4-1-1 against the spread in their last 6 games following an ATS loss and they’re 4 and 1 against the spread in their last 5 games on the road versus a team with a winning home record. Iowa’s got some really good trends going their way like being 6 and 2 against the spread in their last 8 conference games.
Nebraska is much better than their last two games have indicated and the ‘Huskers did play very well against Minnesota even though they lost and were favored to beat the Gophers. Nebraska should do enough to beat Iowa because even though Iowa has done much better against the spread than Nebraska has lately, Nebraska appears to be the better team.
Go with the Cornhuskers to upset the Hawkeyes on Friday.