Iowa Hawkeyes (9-2) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-8)
November 26, 2021 1:30 pm EDT
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -3.5 / Iowa Hawkeyes +3.5; Over/Under: -42.5
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Iowa Hawkeyes clash Friday afternoon for the Heroes Trophy in week 13 Big Ten college football action at Memorial Stadium. The Iowa Hawkeyes look to build on their three-game winning streak. The Nebraska Cornhuskers look to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have won three of their last four road games. Spencer Petras is completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 1,430 yards, 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Sam LaPorta and Keagan Johnson have combined for 753 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Nico Ragaini has 25 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 115.5 yards per contest, and Tyler Goodson leads the way with 945 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 16.9 points and 314.7 yards per game. Jack Campbell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 105 tackles, Joe Evans has 6 sacks and Dane Belton has 5 interceptions.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost three straight home games. Adrian Martinez is completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 2,863 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Samori Toure and Austin Allen have combined for 1,378 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, while Omar Manning has 25 receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 185.4 yards per contest, and Martinez leads the way with 525 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 22.2 points and 366.7 yards per game. Nick Henrich leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 91 tackles, Garrett Nelson has 5 sacks and Deontai Williams has 4 interceptions.
The Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The over is 7-2 in Hawkeyes last 9 Friday games. The under is 5-2 in Cornhuskers last 7 games following a ATS win. The road team is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
The Iowa Hawkeyes may have offensive issues and aren’t as trustworthy as they were earlier in the season, but they find ways to finish games and have one of the best defenses in the country. The Nebraska Cornhuskers compete and play hard, but they find themselves on the losing end more times than not. This line makes no sense, and backing Nebraska in the favorite role isn’t an option for me. I get it’s a rivalry game and senior night, but I’ll side with Iowa.