Iowa is one of those teams that are undefeated and no one believes in. They are getting no respect whatsoever, I haven’t seen it from the so called college football experts or the odds makers. Here again they aren’t finding much respect against Nebraska on the road on Black Friday. This is an almost identical situation to the MSU and Nebraska game a couple of weeks ago. We all know what happened there, Nebraska ended up pulling the game out late and handing Michigan State a tough loss. The loss may come back to hurt the Spartans when deciding the final 4 of college football. They would have been a 1 loss team with a win over Ohio State. Then proceeded by a BIG 10 Championship, they would have surely been in the playoff.
For Iowa, all they need to do is win out. Win out by having to win the conference as well. That may not be easy as they haven’t had to play the hardest schedule. Who is the most difficult opponent Iowa has had this season. Minnesota? Northwestern? None of the big competition is in their schedule. Nebraska may actually be their tallest test yet, given the circumstances of the game. It’s a day after Thanksgiving and they need to travel to Nebraska to play the Cornhuskers Friday afternoon. Iowa has to stay awake and not get caught sleeping, because is one of those games that could turn into a disaster if they’re not ready and prepared.
Nebraska has the opportunity to spoil not one but two teams plans this season. They beat Michigan State, as I just mentioned, and now they can hand Iowa their first loss of the season. Nebraska is 5-6 so they are playing for a bowl as well. Instead of going out and shopping on Black Friday today, I’m going to stay in and try and win some money on the gridiron. I always like NFL football on Thanksgiving, but the Friday after is just as good.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers College Football
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Iowa vs. Nebraska Pick:
Iowa plays typical BIG 10 football. They like to pound the rock and ugly the game up. Michigan has got back to playing football like that and they get all the praise in the world, but Iowa is getting no attention with a 8-0 record. The only attention they’re getting is from people who look at the rankings, and think, what Iowa is 8-0? Thanks to a steady running game that is averaging 210 yards per game on the ground and a pretty stingy defense allowing 18.5 points per game, Iowa is set up in a pretty good position.
So, then looking at Nebraska, the line is a bit confusing to me. The Cornhuskers are allowing a plethora of more points with 27.7 allowed per game. And they are scoring a little less than the Hawkeyes with 33.6 points per game. I opened this article by talking about how this screams Michigan State and Nebraska. The Spartans looked too easy in that game, and today Iowa just looks too easy to me as well. I don’t like the fact this one is after Thanksgiving on the road for Iowa. These weird schedules that throw you out of your normal routine for road teams. It won’t be a popular pick, but I am going to side with Nebraska to spring the upset at home.
PICK: NEBRASKA+2 (-110)