The boys from the cornfields visit the Children of the Corn on Friday in what should be a great battle between two of the top teams in the Big Ten, as the Iowa Hawkeyes engage in NCAA football betting warfare for the first time against their newest conference rivals, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Hawkeyes probably knew at the outset of the season that they weren’t going to end up in a BCS bowl game this year, but when push comes to shove, their losses, with the exception of an unsightly loss against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, have all had a level of respectability to them. Their road win last week at the Purdue Boilermakers was probably a heck of a lot better of a ‘W’ than it seems, and they hope to close out the regular season with a win on the road to help boost their chances of getting into one of the more appealing bowl games that the Big Ten has to offer this year. A loss likely sends Iowa to a questionable destination like the Insight Bowl (or worse), while a win could get it as high as perhaps even the Outback Bowl or the Capital One Bowl. This game is hopefully going to act as a bit of a catalyst for next season for QB James Vandenburg. He has played well this year, throwing for 2,624 yards and 23 scores, but most impressively is that he has stayed out of trouble, tossing just five picks.
Nebraska had its chances to win its share of the Big Ten and move on to the conference title game in its first year in the conference, but it just didn’t take advantage of those chances. A narrow win in Happy Valley against the Penn State Nittany Lions doesn’t look all that special after getting whacked last week by the Michigan Wolverines on the road, and if this one is lost as well, it could be a long fall down the bowl ladder for the Huskers. An offense that really should be rolling up and down the field with the power of an offense led by QB Taylor Martinez and RB Rex Burkhead has more or less been stuck in neutral these past few weeks. The team has scored 17 in each of its last two games, and the 25 against the Northwestern Wildcats was certainly unexpected to say the least. The good news is that this is a team that is averaging 224.1 yards per game on the ground. The bad news is that the Hawkeyes have had a solid season against the running, allowing 153.8 yards per game.
Iowa Hawkeyes @ Nebraska Cornhuskers Pick: These two teams are really tough to split. They go about their business in two totally different ways, but they largely end up with similar results. Don’t be surprised if this one comes right down to the very last few snaps of the game. That being said, regardless of which team wins SU, we know that we are going to want the Hawkeyes on our side.
College Football Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes +9.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.