Game Time: 1:30 pm ET, Friday, November 26, 2021
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
Where to Watch: BTN
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Iowa +3.5, Nebraska -3.5; Over/Under: 44.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Iowa +3.5, Nebraska -3.5; Over/Under: 44.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Iowa +3.5, Nebraska -3.5; Over/Under: 44.5 points
Iowa Hawkeyes: 9-2 (2nd place, Big Ten West)
Nebraska Cornhuskers: 3-8 (6th place, Big Ten West)
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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview and Analysis
Iowa Hawkeyes: won at home on Nov. 20 against the Illinois Fighting Illini 33-23.
Nebraska Cornhuskers: lost on the road on Nov. 20 against the Wisconsin Badgers 35-28.
Iowa Hawkeyes Analysis
Iowa is coming into this FBS game with a 9-2 record overall and they are 3-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 9th conference matchup of the year and they are currently 6-2 in their conference games this season. They are coming into this one on a 3 game winning streak after another win in their last game. Alex Padilla did not play well in that game as he completed 6/17 passes for 83 yards and 1 interception. Tyler Goodson had a nice day as he led the team in rushing with 132 yards on 27 carries while Arland Bruce IV ran in the only touchdown on the ground for them. Bruce IV also led the receivers with 45 yards on 2 receptions in what was a very quiet day for the receiving corps. Jack Campbell led the defense in that game with 4 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones. Logan Lee and Joe Evans both recorded the only sacks in that game with 1 each while Campbell and Dane Belton both came away with 1 interception each for them in that one. They have scored 280 points in their 11 games this season averaging 25.5 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 186 points against them allowing 16.9 PPG. The Iowa offense is averaging 293.4 YPG while the Hawkeyes’ defense is allowing 314.7 YPG.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Analysis
Nebraska is coming into this college football game with a 3-8 record overall and they are 3-3 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 9th conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are currently 1-7 in their conference games this season. They have lost 7 of their last 8 games and are coming into this one on a 5 game losing streak after another loss in their last game. Adrian Martinez struggled in that game as he completed 23/35 passes for 351 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Brody Belt led the team in rushing with 31 yards on 7 carries while Marvin Scott III, Martinez, and Markese Stepp all ran in 1 TD each in that game. Austin Allen had a nice day as he led the receivers with 143 yards on 7 receptions while Samori Toure was right behind him with 113 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 receptions. Casey Rogers led the defense in that game with 4 solo tackles. Garrett Nelson recorded the only sack in that game with 1 while no one on the defense came up with any interceptions in that one. They have scored 314 points in their 11 games this season averaging 28.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 244 points against them allowing 22.2 PPG. Their offense is averaging 458.4 YPG while the Cornhuskers defense is allowing 366.7 YPG.
Iowa vs Nebraska Prediction
Iowa is coming into this game as a 3.5 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Iowa has not been playing well on offense in their recent games but they are 9-2 this season and they got there because of their great defense. Nebraska has nothing left to play for and this will be their last game this year as they have not even qualified for a bowl game. They have come really close in a lot of their games recently and have not been playing awful though. They will struggle to score on the Iowa defense though, so this will likely be a close back and forth game the whole time. The best bet to place in this game is on Iowa to cover the spread as the winner of this game will likely be by no more than a field goal.
Iowa Nebraska Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Friday, November 26, 2021 (1:30 pm ET start time) is Nebraska 20 Iowa 17.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Iowa Hawkeyes: 19-30 O/U as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points. 125-150 O/U in all games. 49-77 O/U when the total is between 42.5 and 49. 45-60 O/U as an underdog. 24-35 O/U as a road underdog. 50-66 O/U in road games. 91-100 O/U against conference opponents.
Nebraska Cornhuskers: 36-32 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points. 186-172 ATS in all games. 41-29 ATS when the total is between 42.5 and 49. 139-128 ATS as a favorite. 84-76 ATS as a home favorite. 95-91 ATS in home games. 123-120 ATS against conference opponents.
Iowa Hawkeyes: S. Petras (QB) Ques Fri - Undisclosed injury. E. Hurkett (DL) Out indefinitely - Leg injury.
Nebraska Cornhuskers: R. Johnson (RB) day-to-day - Undisclosed injury. J. Domann (OL) out for season - Hand injury. J. Wright (S) out for season - Illness.
"Thank goodness we practiced that. When you get a play like that, boy, it helps." - Kirk Ferentz on his team’s win against Illinois in their last game.
"We had a really good game plan, and the team executed it well. We kind of stopped ourselves as much as we got stopped." - Scott Frost on his team’s loss against Wisconsin in their last game.
WR Tracy Jr., Tyrone
WR Ragaini, Nico
TE Sam LaPorta
QB Spencer Petras
RB Goodson, Tyler
FB Pottebaum, Monte
WR Samori Toure
WR Martin, Oliver
WR Omar Manning
TE Allen, Austin
QB Martinez, Adrian
RB Rahmir Johnson
Passing: S. Petras (1430)
Rushing: T. Goodson (945)
Receiving: S. Laporta (425)
Touchdowns: T. Goodson (6)
Passing: A. Martinez (2867)
Rushing: A. Martinez (512)
Receiving: S. Toure (829)
Touchdowns: A. Martinez (13)
Iowa Hawkeyes: Kirk Ferentz (23rd season)
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Scott Frost (4th season)