Betting on the Nebraska vs. Iowa NCAA Football game is a tough challenge, but fortunately we have gathered the sharpest handicappers in one report to share their opinion.
Handicapper Matt Jordan:
The losing coach here, Nebraska's Bo Pelini or Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, is going to be feeling some hot-seat pressure. Hawkeyes cover at home, which assures that Nebraska won't get to 10 wins again.
Here's another Friday kickoff and you have to wonder howmuch each team will care about this game after seeing their Big Ten West title hopes vanish. If you want a recent common opponent, consider that Iowa just lost by two points at home to Wisconsin and Nebraska was destroyed by the Badgers two weeks ago. The Hawkeyes opened as 1-point favorites.
Opening total of 56 seems a bit high because both clubs are rather offensively challenged. Well, the Cornhuskers are when you stop the run because they can't pass it. Iowa doesn't do anything particularly well on that side of the ball. The Hawkeyes were able to hold an explosive Badgers offense to 26 points last week. Meanwhile, Nebraska has been held to 24 the past two games. Go under.
Free College Football Pick: Iowa to cover & Under 56 at BetOnline
Handicapper Ross Benjamin:
Iowa marched into Lincoln, Nebraska last season and came away with a 38-17 blowout win as a road underdog. I'm sure the Cornhusker coaching staff will use that element as extra motivation this week. I'm just hesitant to pull the trigger on Nebraska after seeing how they melted down in each of their previous 2-games. This is a game I'm going to steer clear of, but if you put the proverbial gun to my head, I would have a small lean toward Nebraska.
It's always a good idea to keep a watchful eye on the weather report for games being played in this part of the country during the month of November. If we see this number drop considerably I'd be willing to put my reputation on the line and say it's due to inclement weather, and not due to sharp bettors wagering on the under. Otherwise, this has all the ear marks of a high scoring game. I'll have a very small lean on going over the total.
Nebraska is coming off 2 straight losses at the hands of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Both of those losses were humiliating in different manners. They jumped out to a 17-3 lead at Wisconsin two weeks ago, and then allowed the Badgers to score 56-unanswered points before scoring a meaningless late 4th quarter touchdown for the final lopsided margin of 59-24. The Cornhuskers held a 21-0 first half lead in their final home game of the season last week versus Minnesota, and once again squandered a sizable lead in a 28-24 loss. The most embarrassing part of those 2-losses was that the Cornhuskers allowed a combined 862 yards rushing, and 8.1 yards per carry. If you use a team’s confidence level as one of your handicapping variables, then this won’t be a wagering asset for the Nebraska side.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have quietly put together a solid 7-4 season, and have seen 3 of those 4-losses come by 7-points or less. One f those defeats came last week in a narrow 26-24 home setback at the hands of Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes did manage to cover that contest as an 8.5 point home College Football odds underdog.
Nebraska has seen 8 of their 10-games versus FBS opponents go over the total this season. There's no doubt that this is a potentially explosive offensive club on a weekly basis. The negative part of the equation is that they're allowing an average of 30.5 points per game on the road.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have amassed 412-yards or more of total offense in 5 of their last 6-games, averaged 30.3 points, and seen 5 of those 6-contests go over the total.
Free College Football Pick: Pass (small lean on Nebraska & 'Over')
Handicapper Jeff Grant:
The Hawkeyes have managed to score 30 or more points in four conference games for the first time since 2005, and I foresee this happening against versus a disenfranchised opponent. Look for plenty of points to be scored in Iowa City.
Nebraska looked stunned in suffering a 28-24 setback to Minnesota as 8.5-point home favorites last week, while Iowa has been one of the more inconsistent teams in the country in alternating wins and losses over its last six Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes have won the last two installments of this series, with each of those victories coming as underdogs of three or more points rather than slight favorites.
Both offenses have failed to eclipse the 300-yard mark in the last two meetings, but the OVER is 2-0 in the Cornhuskers last two games when getting three or fewer points on the road.
Free College Football Pick: Over
Handicapper Dave Lawrence:
This one will be ugly and I don't want a part of it. Coaches on the hot seat...both teams off of disappointing losses...not a ton to play for. I'm staying away and placing my College Football picks elsewhere.
Nebraska and Iowa were eliminated from Big Ten West title contention last week, so that makes this game a bit of a dude. Hard to cap this game as Nebraska has lost back-to-back, getting crushed by Wisconsin, then losing to Minnesota at home. Coach Pelini is on the hot seat here. I lean to Iowa as the Cornhuskers run defense has been horrible the last two weeks. If Iowa can run, Iowa can win.
Hard to read the total here. I expect both teams to be able to function well offensively but neither is really explosive. Both teams should be in the mid-20's but I don't like the total in this spot.
Free College Football Pick: Pass (small lean on Nebraska)