Iowa vs. Nebraska Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

Iowa vs. Nebraska Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Iowa vs. Nebraska Fearless Prediction, Game Preview


Iowa vs. Nebraska fearless prediction and game preview.

Iowa vs. Nebraska Broadcast

Date: Friday, November 29
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
Network: BTN

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Iowa (8-3) vs. Nebraska (5-6) Game Preview

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Why Iowa Will Win

The defense continues to be terrific.

The offense might not be anything scintillating, and the team is playing with house money with eight wins, a good bowl game assured, and whole lot to like about a D that hasn’t allowed more than 24 points on the year.

It’s fifth in the nation in scoring D. it fantastic at stuffing the run, and it’s been able to slow down everyone but Wisconsin – no shame there.

Illinois almost ran for 200 yards, but the Hawkeyes took away the running backs and handled drives well by bending but not breaking. Nebraska’s been able to throw okay, but it hasn’t been dangerous enough for the Hawkeyes to worry.

The Iowa line doesn’t get into the backfield, but the line doesn’t allow much of anything getting to the second-level, and it should be able to bottle up Adrian Martinez just enough on third downs to stall drives.

Martinez has been great over the last few weeks, the Husker running game has been solid … and it doesn’t really matter.

Beating Maryland was a given, but the Huskers were ripping off big runs and over 200 yards against Indiana and Wisconsin, and it didn’t matter.

It’s not going to rip off big runs against Iowa. But …

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Why Nebraska Will Win

It’s statement time for Martinez.

He’s been terrific at times over the last three weeks – throwing for close to 650 yards with three touchdowns, and running for close to 250 yards with four touchdowns – but the stats won’t matter if the Huskers don’t win this.

There’s still an outside shot Nebraska can lose, finish 5-7, and still get bowl eligible, but that’s not realistically going to happen. The pressure is on him to win, get Nebraska that sixth victory to go bowling in a disappointing year, and it’ll be a major plus going into the offseason.

He has to do everything right.

This isn’t a high-powered Iowa team with no running game and not enough downfield explosion to deal with. The Huskers have to get out to a hot start, put the pressure on Nate Stanley and the Iowa O to open it up, and take the whole team out of its comfort zone.

Iowa isn’t going to run away and hide with a 24-0 start. Nebraska will be in it all game long, and Martinez has to come through.

What’s Going To Happen

Nebraska will bring the energy and the fun as it tries to get that sixth win, but Iowa’s defense will ruin the day.

Stanley won’t go off, but he’ll hit an efficient and effective 60% of his passes, he won’t throw any picks, and he’ll connect on just enough third down throws to kill Nebraska’s momentum.

Martinez and the Nebraska O won’t get the explosive played needed to pull this off, and it won’t go on enough scoring marches on long drives. The placekicking that was so solid against Maryland will suddenly be a problem agains with two key misses.

Iowa vs. Nebraska Prediction, Line

Iowa 26, Nebraska 17
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Iowa -5.5, o/u: 65
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
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