Nebraska completes its 2017 season on Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium when the Huskers play host to Big Ten West rival Iowa. Nebraska comes into the contest with a 4-7 record and a 3-5 mark in Big Ten play, following a 56-44 setback at No. 13 Penn State last Saturday.
The Huskers will be looking for their first win over Iowa since an overtime win in Iowa City in 2014. Iowa heads to Lincoln with a 6-5 overall record, including a 3-5 record in Big Ten Conference action. The Hawkeyes lost to Purdue, 24-15, on Saturday in Iowa City. Iowa has been solid throughout the season with four of its five losses against teams currently in the national rankings. The Hawkeyes feature one of the most opportunistic defenses in the country, forcing a total of 20 turnovers, including four defensive touchdowns.
Nebraska and Iowa will battle for the HyVee Heroes Trophy for the seventh consecutive season. Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the schools have each won three games in the series, with the visiting team having won four of the first six meetings as conference opponents.
Date/Time: Friday, November 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. CST
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 85,458
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Nebraska holds a 29-15-3 edge in the all time series.
TV: The game will be televised on FS1. with Mark Followill, Play-by-Play and Danny Kanell, Analyst. The game can be streamed on FoxSportsGo with a login from your TV service provider.
Radio: Huskers sports radio network. The audio can also be streamed live for free at huskers.com The crew will be: Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, and Ben McLaughlin. It will also be simulcast on Sirius: 81 and XM: 81.
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 an in-app purchase. I often use the TuneIn app for game audio.
Weather: At kickoff, the temperature will be a toasty 65 degrees and sunny. The wind will be from the northwest at 20 mph.
Odds: Iowa is favored by a 3.5 points.
Prior to Friday's game, Nebraska will recognize 22 players who will be putting on a Husker uniform for the final time. That group includes the following:
- Drew Brown, PK, Southlake, Texas
- Brett Classen, WR, Medina, Minn.
- Thomas Connely, LB, Kearney, Neb.
- Erik Evans, DL, Waverly, Neb.
- Tyler Hoppes, TE, Lincoln, Neb.
- Chris Jones, CB, Jacksonville, Fla.
- Harrison Jordan, FB, Omaha, Neb.
- Boaz Joseph, DB, Weston, Fla.
- Joshua Kalu, DB, Houston, Texas
- Connor Ketter, TE, Norfolk, Neb.
- David Knevel, OL, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
- Joel Lopez, DL, Saint Charles, Ill.
- Luke McNitt, FB, Kearney, Neb.
- A.J. Natter, DL, Milton, Wis.
- Marcus Newby, LB, Gaithersburg, Md.
- De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR, Alexandria, Va.
- Gabe Rahn, WR, Le Mars, Iowa
- Kramer Rath, PK, Lincoln, Neb.
- Adam Taylor, IB, Katy, Texas
- Matt Watts, OL, Stockton, Calif.
- Chris Weber, LB, Omaha, Neb.
- Kieron Williams, Shreveport, La.
Together, those players have combined for more than 500 games played, including more than 200 starts. In the classroom, the 22 student-athletes have combined for 68 appearances on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and 13 appointments to the Academic All-Big Ten team. The group has also combined for 48 appearances on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for their community outreach efforts.
Three players have left their mark on Nebraska’s all-time record book.
• Drew Brown ranks second in Husker history with 59 career field goals and is fourth with 353 career points. His 50 career starts are fourth in Nebraska history.
• Joshua Kalu has recorded 207 tackles in his career, a total which ranks sixth among all defensive backs in Husker history.
• De’Mornay Pierson-El ranks 11th all-time at Nebraska with 97 receptions and is 14th with 1,270 receiving yards. Pierson-El has also totaled 904 career punt return yards - good for third in school history.