The Nebraska Cornhuskers are looking to clinch a trip to the Big Ten Championship game by going on the road and beating the Iowa Hawkeyes.
In the last game of the season for both teams, the Hawkeyes are looking to play spoiler and finish the season with a home victory because the team cannot make a bowl game this season after losing five straight games.
Nebraska, on the other hand, has won five straight games to leapfrog No. 19 Michigan, whom the Cornhuskers beat on this five-game streak.
It's the final hurdle for the Cornhuskers, but you can bet that Iowa won't roll over in this one. It's going to be a fight.
When: Friday, Nov. 23, at 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Live Stream: BTN2Go
Betting Line: Nebraska -15 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
Will Nebraska cover against Iowa?
Well it looks like the nice folks at ScoresAndOdds.com don't have much faith in Iowa in this game, and I don't blame them.
Nebraska's offense has been simply unstoppable, scoring 37.5 points per game this season, while Iowa has actually been outscored by most opponents, giving up 23.8 points per game compared to scoring just 20.5.
Over/Under: 62.5 (BetOnline)
This is a favorable over/under in my mind. Iowa can barely score, and only one of the team's games this season has had more than 62.5 points (a 32-31 loss to Central Michigan).
While Nebraska can certainly score, the team has yet to score more than 38 points in a Big Ten game this season, and I can't see Iowa making up the other 25 points.
I'm taking the under here.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
WR Kenny Bell - Ankle - Questionable
RB Rex Burkhead - Knee - Questionable
RB Damon Bullock - Back - Questionable
OL Nolan MacMillan - Undisclosed - Questionable
Iowa's season is over after this game, but for Nebraska this game could define the Cornhuskers' season.
With a win the team clinches a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, but with a loss it leaves the door open for Michigan to steal that spot.
Here are the different scenarios involving Nebraska:
- If Nebraska wins, the Big Ten Championship Game is between Wisconsin and Nebraska
- If Nebraska loses and Michigan wins, the Big Ten Championship Game is between Wisconsin and Michigan
- If Nebraska loses and Michigan loses, the Big Ten Championship Game is between Wisconsin and Nebraska
Keys for Cornhuskers Victory
Nebraska simply needs to keep doing what it's been doing.
The team is finding great success on the ground, racking up 256.9 rushing yards per game, led by Ameer Abdullah.
During this five-game winning streak the ground game has been key. If the Cornhuskers run the ball effectively then they will win this game and move on to the Big Ten Championship Game.
Keys for Hawkeyes Victory
Iowa needs a lot to go right on Friday if it is going to win.
Not only does the team need to find a way to stop a potent Nebraska rushing attack, but it must find a way to do something on offense.
During the team's five-game losing streak it is averaging just 18.6 points per game, which won't be nearly enough to top Nebraska.
This is going to be an ugly game. I can't see Iowa keeping this game close for long, although the homefield advantage may help keep it interesting for a while.
When it's all said and done, Nebraska will emerge as the more talented team, and will walk away victorious.
Predicted Score: Nebraska 41, Iowa 17