Nebraska completes the 2015 regular season with its traditional Black Friday game with Iowa. Nebraska enters the game with a 5-6 record and a 3-4 mark in Big Ten play, following a 31-14 victory at Rutgers on Nov. 14. NU comes into the matchup following a weekend off after playing 11 straight weeks to open the season.
A win over Iowa would even the Huskers' record at 6-6 and secure a bowl bid for Nebraska.
Iowa comes into the game with a perfect 11-0 record, including a 7-0 mark in Big Ten Conference action. The strength of the Hawkeyes has been a strong defense that has limited opponents to just 18.5 points per game and 322.5 yards of total offense.
A victory would give Nebraska two wins over top-10 teams in the month of November, after a 39-38 win over Michigan State on Nov. 7. It would mark the first time since 1999 that Nebraska has defeated a pair of top-10 teams in the same season.
The matchup will mark the 26th consecutive season Nebraska has played on Black Friday. NU has played either Oklahoma, Colorado or Iowa on the day after Thanksgiving every year since 1990, compiling a 19-6 record.
Eighteen Husker seniors set for final game in Lincoln. The 2015 seniors hail from eight states,
including nine native Nebraskans. Among them, five have already earned their degrees with 10 players scheduled to pick up their college diploma in December. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is in his fifth year in the program, but will not take part in Senior Day activities after being awarded a sixth year of competition earlier this month.
Taariq Allen, WR, Weston, Mass.
Tyson Broekemeier, P, Aurora, Neb.
Byerson Cockrell, S, Columbus, Miss.
Imani Cross, IB, Gainesville, Ga.
Daniel Davie, CB, Beatrice, Neb.
Jack Gangwish, DE, Wood River, Neb.
Andy Janovich, FB, Gretna, Neb.
Joe Keels, DE, Kenosha, Wis.
Chongo Kondolo, OG, Carrollton, Texas
Alex Lewis, OT, Tempe, Ariz.
Chris Long, OG, Blair, Neb.
Givens Price, DT, Houston, Texas
Ryne Reeves, C, Crete, Neb.
Anthony Ridder, DB, West Point, Neb.
Jonathan Rose, CB, Leeds, Ala.
Zach Sterup, OL, Hastings, Neb.
David Sutton, TE, Lincoln, Neb.
Jamal Turner, WR, Arlington, Texas
For more on this game, check out Husker Mike's review. Brian's Q&A will be up later today or tomorrow morning.
Date/Time: November 27, 2015, 2:30 p.m.. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln NE. Capacity, 86,047.
Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: The Huskers hold a 29-13-3 series advantage. The very first meeting between these teams was in 1891 in Omaha, which ended in a 22-0 Hawkeye win. The largest margin of victory between these teams was a 57-0 victory by the Huskers in 1980 in Lincoln as Osborne's Huskers pounded Frye's Hawkeyes.
TV: ABC; Adam Amin, Play-by-Play; Kelly Stouffer, Analyst; Olivia Harlan, Sidelines. With a login from your TV provider, you can stream the game on WatchESPN. In selected markets, you can stream the game on ABC Live.
Radio: Huskers sports radio network with Greg Sharpe, Play-by-Play, Matt Davison, Analyst, Steve Taylor Sideline and Lane Grindle. The audio can also be streamed through the Huskers app or searching for the HSN on TuneIn. National Simulcast on Sirius: 81. XM: 81
Weather:. It will be cold, around 28 degrees at kickoff with cloudy skies and a breeze at 16-18 mph from the northwest.
Odds: Iowa is favored by 1.5 points.
Coach Riley: On Seniors
"The seniors on this team, in a transition, that's probably the hardest group. They've been here the longest, they've been with the former coaches the longest. I would say that we have been able to function well through some hard times because of the stability of that group. I really appreciate them for who they've been and how they have gone through this year. They're good representatives of this program and school."
On how to stay motivated
"I think all those parts, playing a good team, our natural growing rivalry with Iowa, I think there is lots of stuff here that is real about that. Just bringing it back to the basics, I think our guys are just excited for the opportunity to play in a big game against a good team and get a chance to prove what we can do. Everyone is obviously aware of the ramifications for them, but I think our guys want to play and win. Whatever motivates them, I think it's really about us more than anything."
Mike Riley sits down to talk about the @Huskers preparation heading into Friday's game with Iowa. https://t.co/MyWfb4Aff4— BTN Live (@BTNLive) November 25, 2015