Here’s everything you need to prepare for your college football betting in the Nebraska vs. Iowa matchup this Friday, including a pick, a prediction, betting odds, DFS values, and more.
Nebraska vs. Iowa Betting Preview
Iowa (-380); Nebraska (+320)
- Game time
4 p.m. ET
Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
- Predicted weather at kickoff
48 degrees, sunny, 10 mph winds
- How to watch
fuboTV, Big Ten Network
Top DFS Picks and Fantasy Plays
- QB Casey Thompson, Nebraska ($6,700)
- QB Spencer Petras, Iowa ($6,400)
- QB Alex Padilla, Iowa ($6,400)
- RB Kaleb Johnson, Iowa ($6,800)
- RB Leshon Williams, Iowa ($6,200)
- RB Anthony Grant, Nebraska ($5,900)
- RB Gabe Ervin Jr., Nebraska ($5,000)
- WR Trey Palmer, Nebraska ($7,900)
- WR Nico Ragaini, Iowa ($5,500)
- WR Arland Bruce IV, Iowa ($5,400)
- WR Marcus Washington, Nebraska ($5,400)
- WR Oliver Martin, Nebraska ($5,100)
- WR Brody Brecht, Iowa ($5,100)
- WR Chancellor Brewington, Nebraska ($4,900)
- TE Travis Vokolek, Nebraska ($4,900)
- TE Luke Lachey, Iowa ($4,500)
There aren’t a lot of standout plays in this game, but you’ll want to invest in the Iowa backfield somehow. Nebraska’s run defense has been a sieve for most of the season, allowing at least 150 yards in each of their last five games.
At $6,800, Kaleb Johnson is potentially a massive bargain. He’s generally fielded more touches than Leshon Williams this year, and he’s been considerably more dynamic and efficient with his touches.
Neither QB is an ideal option at their price — especially Casey Thompson against Iowa’s stifling pass defense. That said, Trey Palmer is worth a look at wide receiver. When Nebraska’s passing attack does produce, it produces because of him. Palmer has 62 catches for 878 yards and seven scores this year, coming off a two-touchdown outing against Wisconsin.
One more massive buy-low opportunity for your Flex spot is Iowa TE Luke Lachey at $4,500. Sam LaPorta is expected to miss this game for Iowa, making Lachey the top TE on a team that routinely gets its big-bodied pass catchers involved.
Alongside LaPorta last week, Lachey had five catches for 77 yards. And this week, he’ll be the primary weapon at TE. Not only will he command a greater workload, but he has the size to convert on red-zone chances at 6’6″, 252 pounds.
Prediction for Nebraska vs. Iowa
Even on their current streak, it’s hard to call Iowa an inspiring team. But credit has to be given where credit is due. The Hawkeyes started the season slowly, but since their 54-10 loss to Ohio State in October, they’ve won four straight. Three of those wins — against Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin — came by double-digits.
Last week, the Hawkeyes beat Big Ten West contender Minnesota 13-10 to take the tiebreaker lead in the West division. Iowa now has head-to-head wins against Purdue and Minnesota, and as long as they win out versus Nebraska, they’re through to the Big Ten Championship Game.
Even though Nebraska is an unimposing opponent, having gone 3-8 after a midseason head coach firing, there’s a lot on the line this week for Iowa. They can’t afford to come out flat, and an experienced coach like Kirk Ferentz should be able to keep them locked in.
With these two teams, the under feels appropriate. But even below the projected total, Iowa can cover the spread with its quality defense and a few big plays on offense. In a low-pressure but high-stakes environment, expect Ferentz to get it done.
Prediction: Iowa 23, Nebraska 10