Check out the Nebraska vs. Iowa fearless prediction and game preview.
Nebraska (9-2) vs. Iowa (7-4) Game Preview
Date: Friday, November 25
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
Bowl and Conference Implications
Nebraska will go to the Big Ten Championship with a win and a Wisconsin loss to Minnesota. Beat Iowa, get the break, win the Big Ten title, and the Huskers will be in the mix for the College Football Playoff. Iowa can finish tied for second in the West with a win, but it’s already bowl eligible.
What’s Going To Happen?
Nebraska just keeps on chugging.
The Huskers might not be dynamic, and they might not do anything amazing, but they got the win over Minnesota they needed a few weeks ago, and without Tommy Armstrong, they rolled over Maryland with the ground game picking up the slack.
While they lost to Ohio State and Wisconsin, they’re at least still alive. They’re in the position to potentially come up with a special year and get to the Big Ten title game with some luck, but to do that, they’ve got to figure out the Iowa defense.
The Hawkeyes might not have much going offensively, but they picked it up against Illinois in a shutout win to follow the huge victory over Michigan. They might not be in the hunt for the Big Ten title like they were last season, but they can close strong and make this a terrific year with a win this week and a bowl victory.
There’s no real complaining about a nine-win season.
To get there, the run defense has to continue to be dominant. After getting destroyed by Penn State, the Hawkeyes stopped the Michigan and Minnesota running games cold, and now they’ve allowed fewer than 100 yards in three of the last five games. Considering Armstrong still has a hamstring issue, stop the Nebraska running game, stop Nebraska.
Meawhile, the Hawkeyes have weapons of their own with Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels finding their groove again at the right time. Last week, Daniels owned Illinois with 159 yards and two scores, while Wadley was the star against Michigan.
Nebraska’s run defense allowed just 11 yards against Maryland and stoned Minnesota, giving up just 85 yards. The D line has been terrific, while the O line has been good enough, with Terrell Newby running for three touchdowns and an effective 98 yards against the Terps. He’ll have to do more of the same, and against the Hawkeyes, he won’t.
Iowa is feeling it now. The offense might not be explosive or impressive, but it has something to play for as the spoiler against the Huskers. Wisconsin probably won’t need the help, but Iowa will end the West with a solid, defensive-oriented victory at home.
Nebraska vs. Iowa Prediction
Iowa 23, Nebraska 17
Iowa -3, o/u: COMING
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