The Iowa Hawkeyes will put a three-game winning streak on the line when they face the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday afternoon. Iowa began the season in substandard fashion, losing its first two games, but the Hawkeyes have been fantastic since then. In contrast, Nebraska is struggling significantly, with a 1-3 overall record. The Cornhuskers struggled in a 41-23 loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini last week, and how they must hit the road to face a strong Iowa team.
William Hill Sportsbook lists the Hawkeyes as 13.5-point favorites at home, down half a point from the opening line, for this 1 p.m. ET kickoff. The over-under, or total number of points expected, is 53.5 in the latest Nebraska vs. Iowa odds. Before making any Iowa vs. Nebraska picks, check out the college football predictions from SportsLine's Emory Hunt, given how well he's picked games involving the Cornhuskers.
The founder of Football Gameplan, Hunt played running back at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and coached high-school football before becoming a SportsLine expert and CBS Sports HQ analyst. He enjoyed a dominant 2019 season, going 116-79 against the spread while returning nearly $3,000 to $100 bettors.
Moreover, Hunt has a keen eye for the Cornhuskers' tendencies. He's a stunning 8-1 against the spread in his last nine college football picks for or against Nebraska.
- Nebraska vs. Iowa spread: Iowa -13.5
- Nebraska vs. Iowa over-under: 53.5 points
- Nebraska vs. Iowa money line: Iowa -550; Nebraska +400
- NEB: The Cornhuskers are 1-4 against the spread in 2020
- IOWA: The Hawkeyes are 3-2 against the spread this season
Why Nebraska can cover
Though the Cornhuskers are struggling, this matchup does provide some opportunities for the road team. Nebraska ranks as a top-five team in the Big Ten in both rushing yards (198.8 per game) and yards per carry (4.9), with the Huskers also solid in protecting the passer, giving up only eight sacks in four games. Defensively, Nebraska hasn't performed well, but Iowa is not a particularly explosive offensive team.
The Hawkeyes are fourth-worst in the Big Ten in total offense, producing only 373 yards per game. From there, Iowa is dead-last in the conference in yards per pass attempt (5.8), with only three touchdown passes. Lastly, Nebraska should be able to hold up in key situations, as Iowa has completed only 55.2 percent of their passes, ranking second-worst in the Big Ten this season.
Why Iowa can cover
Iowa isn't terribly explosive on the offensive side, but the Hawkeyes have been efficient enough to sustain success. The Hawkeyes are an above-average rushing team, averaging 181.6 yards per game on the ground, and that comes with a top-four ranking in yards per carry (5.0). Iowa is also prolific in putting the ball in the end zone, ranking second in the Big Ten with 15 rushing touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is tremendous, with strong marks virtually across the board.
The Hawkeyes are third-best in the Big Ten in total defense, giving up only 319.8 yards per game, and that comes with top-four production in rushing defense and passing defense. With Nebraska unable to move the chains consistently at only 32.0 percent on third down, the Hawkeyes should be able to mitigate any damage from Nebraska's offense.
How to make Nebraska vs. Iowa picks
Hunt has analyzed this matchup, and while he's leaning under on the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Iowa vs. Nebraska and what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Nebraska vs. Iowa spread you need to jump on Friday, all from the expert that is 8-1 in his last nine picks for or against the Cornhuskers, and find out.