Nebraska vs. Iowa Prediction, Game Preview

Nebraska vs. Iowa prediction and game preview. The Cornhuskers still have a chance to reach the Big Ten title game when they face the Hawkeyes.

Nebraska vs. Iowa Game Preview

When: Friday, Nov. 25 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City.
TV Broadcast: ABC

Nebraska needs to beat Iowa on Friday and have Wisconsin lose to Minnesota the following day in order to reach the Big Ten championship game. The Cornhuskers holding up their end of that deal, though, might be significantly more difficult than they thought.

Tommy Armstrong missed Saturday’s win over Maryland because of a hamstring issue, and Ryker Fyfe replaced him at quarterback. Fyfe, though, suffered a broken wrist on his non-throwing arm and needed to have surgery, leaving him doubtful to face the Hawkeyes. Armstrong isn’t fully recovered either, meaning coach Mike Riley might have to go down the depth chart for his team’s biggest game of the year.

What To Know About Nebraska

Riley bluntly responded, “I don’t know,” when asked who would be taking first-team reps in practice. If neither Armstrong nor Fyfe can play, there’s a chance wide receiver Zack Darlington could start at quarterback. Darlington, who served as Fyfe’s backup last week, was a three-star quarterback as a dual threat in high school and could have some success.

The uncertainty at quarterback is the main reason Nebraska is entering that contest as an underdog. This is a budding rivalry, and to be playing at Kinnick with a wide receiver at quarterback is, to say the least, not ideal.

What To Know About Iowa

The Hawkeyes can add another signature victory to their resume after beating Michigan two weeks ago. An eight-win season would be quite an accomplishment considering the Hawkeyes lost to FCS power North Dakota State and also fell at home against Northwestern. They’re coming off a 28-0 win over Illinois and are on the verge of their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Iowa’s defense should worry Nebraska, too. It gave up only 201 yards against Michigan before holding the Illini to 198.


Offense: Iowa – LeShun Daniels shared Big Ten player of the Week honors with Michigan’s De’Veon Smith after running for 159 yards and two touchdowns against Illinois.

Defense: Iowa – The Hawkeyes are allowing about the same amount of yards per play as the Cornhuskers, but their stand against Michigan and following it up against the Illini gives them the edge.

Special Teams: Iowa – Desmond King is one of the conference’s most dangerous returners.

Coaching: Iowa – Kirk Ferentz has gotten his team refocused after a slump.

Intangibles: Nebraska – Has won its last three trips to Kinnick.

Matchup To Watch

Nebraska’s QB vs. Iowa’s defense

It’s going to come down the Huskers and who they have under center. Iowa’s defense will be salivating if its Darlington, although it might be doing the same with a hobbled Armstrong or injured Fyfe.

Betting Odds

Spread: Iowa -3
Over/Under: No line as of post

Nebraska vs. Iowa Prediction

Wisconsin won’t even have to play Saturday in order to get to the Big Ten title game. Iowa pulls off the upset, winning after getting a turnover in the final minute.

Nebraska vs. Iowa final score prediction: Iowa 24, Nebraska 20

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