Nebraska will complete its 2016 regular season with its traditional Black Friday game at Iowa, as the Huskers and Hawkeyes will battle for the HyVee Heroes Trophy. Nebraska enters the game with a 9-2 overall record and a 6-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play following a 28-7 win over Maryland on Saturday in Lincoln.
The Husker defense stalled Maryland's strong run game, limiting the Terrapins to just 11 yards on the ground. The win kept Nebraska in the thick of the Big Ten West Division race. The Huskers enter the final weekend needing a victory at Iowa, and a Wisconsin loss to Minnesota in order to advance to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis.
The Huskers will be looking to keep the road success going in the Nebraska-Iowa series. Each of the last four matchups between the Huskers and Hawkeyes have been won by the visiting team, including hard-fought Nebraska victories in Iowa City in 2012 and 2014.
Iowa comes into the contest with a 7-4 record, including a 5-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes have won their past two games, knocking off then-No. 2 Michigan in Iowa City two weeks ago, before winning 28-0 at Illinois on Saturday. Iowa is once again winning with a strong defense and a solid running game. The Hawkeyes allow just 18.6 points per game, and 365.2 yards of total offense. On the ground, Iowa averages more than 160 yards per game and has rushed for at least 200 yards three times, including 262 yards at Illinois.
Date/Time: November 25, 2016 2:30 p.m. CST
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa Capacity: 70,585
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Nebraska holds the all-time series advantage at 29-14-3. As conference opponents, Nebraska holds a 3-2 advantage, but has lost 2 of the past three. The largest victory was a 57-0 drubbing in 1980 in Lincoln when Tom Osborne’s Huskers overwhelmed Hayden Fry’s Hawkeyes.
The very first meeting between these teams was in 1891 when a coachless Iowa team beat T.U. Lyman’s Nebraska team 22-0 in Omaha. All three ties occurred very early in series as 1892, 1896, and 1909’s contests ended deadlocked.
TV: The game will be televised on ABC with Allen Bestwick, Play-by-Play; Mike Bellotti, Analyst; and Kris Budden, Sidelines. With a login from your cable or satellite provider, you can stream the game on WatchESPN.
More streaming options: The official Huskers app is available on iTunes. The app is free but accessing live audio costs $4.99 (per season). The app is available for Android users for free but the live content requires a payment (I could not see the amount but assume it is similar to the other). I often use the TuneIn app for game audio.
Weather: At kickoff, the temperature will be a brisk 35 degrees and mostly cloudy with negligible winds from the northwest around 2-3 mph.
Odds: Iowa is favored by 2 or 2.5 points.
Nebraska has improved from 5-7 to 9-2 in the regular season this year. The four-win improvement in the regular season marks just the sixth time in NU history the Huskers have made a four-win improvement in the regular season.
A victory on Friday in Iowa City would give Nebraska a 10-win season for the first time since 2012 and the 28th 10-win season in school history. Nebraska secured its 50th nine-win season with last week's win over Maryland.
Friday's game with Iowa will mark the 1,300th game in the history of the Nebraska football program.
Riley on Armstrong’s recovery since Monday:
“He looks comfortable, I don’t see any noticeable limp or soreness. I do know he has not gone full speed. We have not run all of our quarterback plays full speed ahead like we normally do. We have simulated it and run the plays.”
Coach Riley on Iowa’s win vs Michigan:
“What it looked like was a statement, to me, of Iowa’s identity. [They have a] tough defense, [they] don’t give up big plays, make everything the other team does, make them really have to work at it, earn it. [The defense does a] nice job on third down, very, very sound defense. Offensively their identity was pretty much also emphasized and signified in that game. [Iowa’s offense has] good running, persistent running, and timely play-action pass.”