CFB: Nebraska to Grind Out Season Finale at Iowa
Who: Nebraska at Iowa
When: Friday, Nov. 23, 11:00 a.m. CT
Where: Iowa City, Iowa
Stadium: Kinnick Stadium (70,585, FieldTurf)
TV: ABC, national
The No. 17 Huskers try to lock up first place in the Legends Division as they close out their schedule against Iowa in the Heroes Game.
Nebraska notched a comfortable 38-14 win over Minnesota in Lincoln last Saturday. Nebraska led 24-0 at halftime.
Iowa lost to Michigan, 42-17, in Ann Arbor, dropping the Hawkeyes to 4-7 on the season.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Nebraska and Michigan are currently tied atop the Legends Division, with Nebraska holding a tiebreaker, thanks to its head-to-head win over the Wolverines. Michigan plays Ohio State on Saturday.
That means Nebraska must win against Iowa to guarantee a place in the B1G Championship against Wisconsin. If they lose to Iowa, Nebraska for a day on Saturday, will be the biggest Ohio State fans.
CAN IOWA PULL THE UPSET
If Iowa is going to have any success against Nebraska, it will be because Quarterback James Vandenberg is having success through the air.
Iowa hasn’t scored more than 24 points since putting 31 on Minnesota, which is the Hawkeyes’ highest scoring output of the season.
Both offensively and defensively, Nebraska is a terrible matchup for Iowa. Nebraska should win the game comfortably and would be well served to settle things early to avoid an upset.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
"The challenge is going to be to come back in a short week and be ready to go on the road and put ourselves in position to finish off the second half of the year the way we want to," said Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. "I think our players have a pretty good understanding of what we have at stake - it's not about Iowa, it's about us."
"Clearly not a lot of positives on our side of the ball," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "Taylor Martinez is playing at a higher level than he was playing a year ago."