Is it almost Black Friday again already? It seems like this season just got started and we’re here getting ready to play Nebraska’s “rival.” A corporate token, I mean trophy, is at stake on Friday along with bragging rights in every bar and casino in the Omaha metro area.
Nebraska enters the game at 4-7 overall and 3-5 in Big Ten play, following a hard-fought 9-6 victory over Michigan State on Saturday in Lincoln. The win was Nebraska’s fourth in its past five games, marking the Huskers’ best five-game stretch since opening the 2016 season with seven straight victories. The win over Michigan State was keyed by the Blackshirt defense, which allowed just two Spartan field goals, a 15-of-41 passing effort and 289 total yards. Barret Pickering hit three fourth-quarter field goals and the win was Nebraska’s first without scoring a touchdown since 1937.
Iowa comes into the contest with a 7-4 overall record in 2018, and a 4-4 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes are coming off an impressive 63-0 victory at Illinois on Saturday, ending a three-game losing streak, in which the Hawkeyes’ three losses were by a total of 12 points. Iowa owns one of the league’s best defenses, ranking second in the Big Ten allowing 280.9 yards per game, and second in the conference in scoring defense at 16.5 points per game. The Hawkeye defense has allowed just 11.0 points per game at Kinnick Stadium this season.
Date/Time: November 23, 2018 at 11:00 am CDT
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA Capacity: 70,585
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Nebraska leads the all time series 29-16-3. Iowa currently holds a three-game win streak.
TV: The game will be televised on Fox with Play-by-Play: Brian Custer, analyst Ben Leber and Jen Hale on the sidelines.
Radio: Look for your local radio station on the 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 MacLaughlin.
Weather: At kickoff, it will be in the low 40’s and party cloudy. There is a 20% chance of precipitation and the wind will be from the west-southwest at 8 mph.
Odds: The Hawkeyes are favored by 10 points.
Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. needs 24 receiving yards on Friday to set the Husker career receiving yardage record. He has 2,666 career yards, trailing only Kenny Bell’s 2,689 career yards. Morgan Jr. set the career receptions record last week with 182 career catches.
Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez enters Friday’s game with 2,910 total offense yards this season. Martinez needs 90 total offense yards against Iowa to record the seventh 3,000-yard total offense season in school history, the first by a freshman and just the second by an underclassman.
Coach Frost on his team’s effort in practice this week.
”You know, football is a lot like life in a million ways, and one of the amazing things about football and probably life is when you do things the right way it’s more fun. You have more success, you enjoy what you do more. It is unfortunate we had to figure this out as the year went along, but I am really happy where we are from that standpoint. It’s easier to coach this team right now because they do everything the right way, and practices are great, on point, people really like the details and little things and that’s where we want to be.”
On losing a day of practice.
”These guys did a great job with a short week and preparing. We had a walk-through Sunday night and just tried to introduce the game plan. We had a Tuesday practice on Monday, and a Wednesday practice on Tuesday.” Frost said, “We had our walk-through today like a normal Thursday and I think the guys are as ready as they have been for any game.”