Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers: College Football Week 14 Betting Odds and Picks

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Friday, 11/29/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Nebraska -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Nebraska -3
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 18-5 SU in Friday games after Thanksgiving since 1990
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 18-5 SU in Friday games after Thanksgiving since 1990

Iowa has won back-to-back games, including a 24-21 victory over the Michigan Wolverines as six-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  The Hawkeyes have dropped seven of the last eight meetings in this series, which can’t be ignored when making your college football expert picks.  The program is one of eight BCS teams to have improved its record by three victories or more from a year ago.  Iowa is 3-10 SU and 5-8 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 9-4 in that situation.

The Hawkeyes’ four losses this season have come against teams that have a combined record of 42-3, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines.  Iowa is bowl eligible for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons, while its three road wins are its highest such total since 2009.  The team is 5-0 when winning the turnover battle this season, while it has gone into the break with a lead in nine of 11 contests.

Nebraska completes its 2013 regular season on Friday, as it will play on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the 24th straight campaign.  The Cornhuskers have won eight straight games decided by seven or fewer points, while they’ve gone 11-2 in their last 13 versus Big Ten Conference opponents overall.  Offensively, the team is led by running back Ameer Abdullah, who has ran for 1,483 yards this season, including 147 versus Penn State in last week’s 23-20 overtime win.  Nebraska is 4-4 SU and 3-4-1 ATS when the betting line is between +3 and -3 since 2011.

The Cornhuskers own an 18-5 record since 1990 in games on the day after Thanksgiving, including a 10-2 mark at Memorial Stadium.  Nebraska has won its regular-season finale in each of Bo Belini’s first five seasons, while 23 seniors will participate in their final game in Lincoln.  The class includes nine in-state players and ten members have already earned their undergraduate degree.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cornhuskers due to their 15-4-2 ATS mark in their last 21 home games versus teams with a winning road record.

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