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Corn Flakes: Nebraska Fans Need To Root For Iowa This Weekend

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A look at what lies ahead for Nebraska, Wisconsin, and (gasp), Iowa. And news!

NCAA Football: Iowa at Purdue Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

I have some startling news for you, news you don’t want to hear. We’ll ease into it so that you’re not so crushed that you pass out while working and they find all those web sites on your screen while they’re hauling you off in an ambulance.

Wisconsin plays Iowa this weekend. Wisconsin already has two conference losses to Ohio State and Michigan. Iowa has a conference loss to Northwestern but losing to Wisconsin would give the Hawkeyes a second conference loss.

Iowa has a 35% chance of winning against Wisconsin, 31% against Penn State, and an 8% of winning against Michigan. Add in a loss against Nebraska, and that's four more conference losses on the season.

Nebraska has yet to play both of these teams, as well as Ohio State. SBNation's Bill Connelly projects the Huskers have a 36% chance of winning at Wisconsin, 18% at Ohio State, and a 57% chance at Iowa.

Wisconsin is favored in their remaining games (look at all those W’s under the “Proj W-L” column), so Nebraska either needs to make damned sure they win in Madison next week OR have the Badgers lose another conference game. Nebraska is closest in the possibility of handing the Badgers another conference loss, but.... do you want to rely on that?

This assumes that there are no huge surprises such as Minnesota suddenly playing like the top team in the nation for the remainder of the season.

Therefore, Nebraska fans need to root for Iowa to knock off Wisconsin this weekend.

You may now proceed to tell me about all the things you’d rather do than root for Iowa under any circumstance.

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