Undefeated Iowa -2.5 is The College Football Pick vs. Nebraska

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:27 PM GMT

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 10:27 PM GMT

This is #5 Iowa's year. At 11-0 the Hawkeyes have one more obstacle in their way in the regular season in the form of Nebraska. See what we think with our college football pick.

Kickoff is set for Friday, November 27th at 3:30 p.m. EST at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. According to 5Dimes, the Hawkeyes are a mere 2.5 point betting favorite with no total yet available. Keep checking SBRodds.com as the game draws nearer to be updated on the betting total.

Both of these teams want this game bad as the Hawkeyes are looking to put a beating on the Huskers and make an impression on the pollsters while Nebraska is trying to find their way into a bowl game with their storied history. Will this game be more competitive than originally thought?

 

2.5 Point Betting Favorite?
This is an outright joke as college football odds makers are looking for the betting public to throw their mortgage on Iowa. Nebraska has such a great reputation for winning. They have, if not, the best winning percentage in college football history.

I have news for the odds makers. Tom Osborne is no longer the head coach and home field advantage matters, but when an 11-0 Iowa squad who is looking to win a BCS Championship is facing a Nebraska team who is looking to just make it into a bowl game with 6 losses attached to their resume, the number should be higher than 2.5 and it's an insult to the bettor's intelligence. I'm going to make no bones about it. I love Iowa to cover the paper thin 2.5 points as these two teams are far from equal. 

 

Battle-Tested
Iowa feeds off of their defense and even though C.J. Beathard isn't the best quarterback in the country, he knows how to run an offense efficiently and can withstand pressure. This combination is necessary in a winning quarterback.

I personally witnessed Iowa's 40-20 victory over Purdue last Saturday and if they play like they did the 1st half of the game, they will be unstoppable. Purdue backup, Austn Appelby came into the game after starter, David Blough received a nasty concussion and Appelby gave the Hawkeyes a run for their money, slicing a once 20-0 lead to 20-13, but in the end, the better team with the stable quarterback won handily and Iowa and C.J. Beathard are move on to Lincoln.

Beathard is coming off of a 213 yard, 3 TD performance against Purdue, but it wasn't one of his best outings. Look for him to be ready to go against Nebraska as Iowa looks to remain undefeated.

Iowa contains the two-headed monster at running back of senior, Jorand Canzeri (824 yards, 10 TD) and LeShun Daniels Jr. (590 yards, 8 TD). Daniels didn't have a huge game yardage-wise, but scored 2 early TD's against Purdue and that set the tone for the game.

I look for Iowa to come out a lot stronger at Nebraska. They didn't look their best against Purdue and for one single moment, this game was in doubt and this will motivate the Hawkeyes as it did towards the end of their last game.

Note: Nebraska has a win over Michigan State to their credit just two 2 games ago and has a bit of momentum after an easy 31-14 win over the Rutgers Scarlett Knights.

 

"Its Iowa; That's All the Motivation That We Need"
This was a direct comment from Nebraska's starting quarterback, Tommy Armstrong Jr. Junior can look really good at times, but is still a very inconsistent quarterback. For the season, Armstrong Jr. has 2560 yards with 21 TD, 12 INT. He's also ran for 278 yards and 6 TD. He might have more talent that Beathard, but he's not an accurate thrower and turnovers lead to losses as the respective records indicate.

Look for Armstrong Jr. to back up his talk, but it's one thing to play well and another thing to defeat a team with a spectacular defense that hasn't lost all season.

In order for Nebraska to have a chance in this game, Armstrong Jr. will need to hook up with his favorite target, Jordan Westerkamp. For the season, Westerkamp has 833 yards and 7 TD. Westerkamp had monster games against Purdue and Michigan State, easily eclipsing the 100 yard receiving mark to go along with a TD in each game, but he was held to 32 yards against Rutgers despite scoring a TD.

I don't think that Nebraska will get blown out, but this isn't the Nebraska teams of the past. Look for Iowa to remain undefeated and cover the spread quite easily with your college football picks.

College Football Picks: Iowa Hawkeyes -2.5 at 5Dimes

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