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College Football Betting Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

November 24, 2023


A pair of Big Ten East teams will face off against each other on Friday afternoon when the 16th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 12:00 PM ET and the game will air on CBS.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have already been crowned Big Ten East division champions and will face the winner of the Michigan/Ohio State game in the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 2nd. The Hawkeyes are also looking for their 10th win this season which would also be their 2nd 10-win season in the last three seasons as they enter this game with a record of 9-2 which includes a record of 6-2 in the Big Ten Conference. The defense for the Hawkeyes has been one of the contributing factors for their success this season as they enter this matchup allowing the 3rd fewest points per game in college football with an average of 12.36 points allowed per game. 

Matt Rhule will be looking to get the Nebraska Cornhuskers bowl-eligible in his first season as head coach and will need to beat the division champions to get the Cornhuskers bowl-eligible for the first time since the 2016 college football season. Nebraska enters this game with a record of 5-6 and has a record of 3-5 in the Big Ten, however, they are on a three-game losing streak following last week’s 17-24 overtime loss on the road against the Wisconsin Badgers. The defense remains a solid unit, however, the offense has struggled during the losing streak as they have only averaged 14.67 points per game during the streak. Nebraska’s scoring defense has been one of the best in college football as they are allowing an average of 18.73 points per game and will be facing one of the lowest-scoring teams in the conference when they host the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday afternoon.

BookMaker has the Nebraska Cornhuskers listed as 1-point favorites at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday afternoon in week 13 of the college football season. Iowa has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three meetings while winning by an average margin of 11 points per game over the last ten and 2 points per game over the last three games in the series. The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Cornhuskers are 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. The Iowa Hawkeyes are 5-5-1 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS on the road, 1-1 ATS as an underdog, and 3-4-1 ATS in conference games this season while the Nebraska Cornhuskers are 4-6-1 ATS overall, 2-4 ATS at home, 1-3 ATS as a favorite, and 3-4-1 ATS in conference games on the year.

Iowa has dominated the series against Nebraska as they have won eight of the previous ten meetings and are one of the best teams in the Big Ten this season as they have already won the Big Ten East division with a record of 9-2 while Nebraska is 5-6. The Hawkeyes have won the last ten games in the series by an average margin of 11 points per game which is why I am taking the moneyline for the Iowa Hawkeyes at -105 when they travel to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers. 

Spooky Express Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes Moneyline (-105)