Nebraska at Iowa: Odds, expert picks with Hawkeyes going for Big Ten West crown


This year’s Iowa-Nebraska game is set to renew in its typical Friday-after-Thanksgiving slot. The Hawkeyes are double-digit favorites at home in what’s projected to be a low-scoring affair.

The Huskers should have two goals ahead of the game that will take place at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. First, they’ll want to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes. And second, rivalry aside, Nebraska could really use a win that would send the Huskers into the offseason on a high note. For that to happen, a lot may be required of quarterback Casey Thompson and the offense against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses.

Despite scoring fewer than 20 points per game on the season, Iowa sits atop the Big Ten West with a 5-3 record and will win the division with a victory. Unquestionably, the Hawkeyes’ defense is doing the heavy lifting. The defense is allowing 13.5 points per game and 273.3 total yards per game to opponents. Getting to face a Cornhuskers offense that’s only slightly better than their own should be good news for Iowa and something bettors should take note of when wagering on the total.

If Iowa loses, the door is open for Purdue to win the division at Indiana. If both lose there could potentially be a mess of teams with 5-4 Big Ten records.

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What is the spread for Iowa vs. Nebraska

How to watch and stream Iowa vs. Nebraska

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET Friday from Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network. You can also stream the game on the Fox Sports app with authentication.

Expert picks against the spread

Picks made at Iowa -10.5

(Photo of Deontae Craig: Matt Krohn / USA Today)


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