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One More Shot at Bowl Eligibility: Iowa at Nebraska Game Thread

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Nate M’s Quick Thoughts: The best and worst thing about this matchup is that the O/U as reach historical lows and appears to continue to go down. Nebraska has everything to play for Iowa simply has pride to play for since they already have the west division wrapped up.

I believe Nebraska’s defense is going to have to get two turnovers in order for the Huskers to win. I have zero confidence that Nebraska will be able to go on long sustained drives against the Iowa defense so they are going to need some short fields.

Not feeling great about this one.

Vegas Prediction: Iowa was initial favorite at 1.5 but it has swung to Nebraska by 2.5

Iowa Season Record: 9-2

Nate M’s Prediction: Iowa 9 - Nebraska 0.

Date: Today!

Location: The Most Beautiful City on Earth, Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE

Time: 11 a.m. Central

TV Broadcast Info: CBS, Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker, Tiffany Blackmon

Radio Broadcast Info: Husker Radio Network (Greg Sharpe, Damon Benning and Jessica Coody)

Internet Radio: Huskers.com

Nebraska-Iowa Series History:

All-Time Series: Nebraska leads, 30-20-3

At Lincoln: Nebraska leads, 15-7-1

Last Game: Nebraska, 24-17 (2022)

Win Streak: Nebraska, 1 game

Nebraska and Iowa meet for the 13th consecutive year on Black Friday in a game that will mark the 54th all-time meeting between the schools. Nebraska holds a 30-20-3 overall edge in the series and ended a seven-game Iowa win streak last November in Iowa City.

• Iowa holds an 8-4 edge in the series since Nebraska joined the Big Ten, including a 5-1 record against the Huskers in Lincoln. Nebraska still maintains an 11-6 edge overall in games at Memorial Stadium.

• The past five meetings between the teams have been decided by a total of 26 points, including last-second field goals in 2018 and 2019.

• The schools met 41 times before Nebraska joined the Big Ten but played just six times between 1946 and 2011. Nebraska won three of four games in a four-game series between 1979 and 1982 and swept a home-and-home series in 1999 and 2000.

Matchup from Huskers Game Notes:

Nebraska completes the 2023 regular season against Iowa with its traditional Black Friday matchup, and the schools will compete for the Heroes Trophy presented by Pioneer. The contest between border rivals is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Friday at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience on CBS, and can be heard on the Huskers Radio Network, the official Huskers App and Huskers.com.

Nebraska will head into the game at 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten following a third straight close setback on Saturday at Wisconsin. The Huskers need a victory against the Hawkeyes to secure their first bowl appearance since the 2016 season.

The Huskers took an early 14-point lead in Madison before the Badgers rallied with 17 consecutive points. A Husker field goal in the final seconds forced an extra session, but Wisconsin scored a touchdown on its possession, before stopping the Nebraska offense on downs. Nebraska once again showed a strong running game against the Badgers, putting up 195 yards on the ground.

Iowa will enter Friday’s game with a 9-2 overall mark, including a 6-2 record in Big Ten Conference play. With their 15-13 victory over Illinois on Saturday, the Hawkeyes clinched the Big Ten West Division and an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 3. The Hawkeyes are ranked 20th in the Associated Press Poll and No. 19 in the coaches poll heading into the game.

The Hawkeyes feature outstanding defense and special teams, leading the nation in net punting, while ranking in the top 10 in scoring defense (3rd), passing defense (4th) and total defense (7th).