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Hawk’s Eye: Experts Predict Iowa vs. Nebraska

Each week during the season, Hawkeye headquarters staff will predict the outcome of the Iowa football game.
Blake Hornstein (10-1): Iowa has a pretty good deal going this week.

I mean, we should just go home now.

The Cornhuskers are on a five-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak against the Hawkeyes. To be honest, I don’t care how close the last four games have been. This is going to be a walk in the cornfields, but I’ll use the rest of this prediction to pay homage to the WHBF assignment editor jeff johnson.

“What does the N on Nebraska’s helmet stand for?” Johnson told me on Tuesday.


Forecast: Iowa 31, Nebraska 10

Ryan Jaster (7-4): When a PS2 game with rosters from 2003 lands on simulated results that look similar to the experts, it can be disconcerting, and that’s such a week. It is worth noting that nine is the Nebraska number – and not necessarily for alliteration.

No, this week’s totally irrelevant prediction (6-5) says Iowa wins 16-9 and the Huskers landed the old-fashioned way — by missing an extra go-ahead point in a ferocious wind. Instead of a one-point deficit, the tied Hawkeyes were able to call attention to the 31 MPH gusts and see what happened. And it was a 79-yard touchdown pass for the (easier) trophy win.

Oh, if only the actual games were so exciting. Well actually… you were. Sure, Iowa has won seven in a row, but as Blake reported earlier this week, the last four were single digits. One was even sealed a point, a finger wag and a kiss. So if you are not entertain In this nouveau rivalry, that’s up to you.

But with entertainment comes drama. And with drama, discomfort can arise. Even if the self-confidence seems as high as just before a 7-3 victory outside the conference, The Hawkologist’s prognosis is still a 2 on the 6 point Pains Index.

Here’s what others from near and far are expecting, starting with the weather Tyler Ryan from Local 4:

Quad City times
Steve Batterson: Iowa 24, Nebraska 9. After the Cornhuskers gave up 312 rushing yards last week, the odds that the Cornhuskers will collect anywhere near that this week are somewhere between slim and zero.

Iowa grounds the Huskers’ preferred offensive approach to managing football.

The Hawkeye offense will find itself in a bit of transition this week without Sam LaPorta and Monte Pottebaum, but still has enough to earn a division title against a porous Nebraska defense.

Bill Connelly:
Iowa 29, Nebraska 9

Athlon sports
Steven Lasan: Iowa
Mark Ross: Iowa
Ben Weinrib: Iowa

Bleacher report
Morgan Moriarty: Iowa 17, Nebraska 6

Cody Hills:
TBD tonight, for A good reason.

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The Iowa Hawkeyes carry the Heroes Trophy off the field after beating the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium November 29, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)