This is it, Husker fans. The regular football season is coming to an end. Sort of surreal, isn’t it? As Nebraska aims for a 10-win season, the Iowa Hawkeyes hope to spoil the fun on Friday in Iowa City. What should Husker fans know about the matchup?
We have your TV information, fun facts and plenty more to get you ready for game day in this week’s Nebraska-Iowa cheat sheet.
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
When: Friday, November 25, at 2:30 p.m. CT
Listen: Husker Sports Network or Sirius Channel 81, XM 81
Are the Nebraska Huskers and Iowa Hawkeyes rivals? We don’t know, but Friday’s matchup could be an interesting one for both teams. In the meantime, what do the Huskers need to know about the Hawkeyes? We’re breaking it down in this week’s episode of Hail Varsity’s No Huddle.
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>> The visiting team has won four straight meetings in the series between Iowa and Nebraska.
>> This is Nebraska’s 27th consecutive season of playing on Black Friday. Iowa and Nebraska are set to continue this current arrangement through at least 2019.
>> ABC has broadcasted Nebraska’s Black Friday game since 1991.
>> Nebraska holds a 29-14-3 lead over Iowa in the series.
What They’re Saying
Head coach Mike Riley on playing Iowa:
“I think you have to be careful and you have to look over a broad scope, which we do at this stage of the year, and try to pick out what you really see as an identity of what this is. One of the things that does help you in this stage is statistics. They mean something at this point. These guys, the scoring defense, the rushing defense, those kind of things that stand out is an identity thing. But you have to use the game schematically as to what people did or didn’t do effectively.”
On Iowa as Nebraska’s rival:
“I think, and you guys have a better sense of it than me, it seems like a really great natural rivalry that will just do nothing but grow and become bigger and bigger. I mean, just the proximity, kind of the like-mindedness, I just think it’s a perfect fit that way. So I think it will be, and I don’t even know at this point, I think our players, I don’t know about what they think about the rivalry aspect, but I know that they see them as a – the guys in this program see them as, they’ll be a constant competitor for this Western Division deal. So every game will be big, and you know, I think the rivalry part of it will be great for all of us surrounding, the fans, and I think it will become more and more real.”
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp on Iowa being Nebraska’s top Big Ten rival:
“I would say so. It’s always a tough game, it’s always the last game of the year. It’s set up pretty well to be a good rivalry. They got us last year at home, and we got them the year before at home. So it’s been good ball games and we are really looking forward to this match up this weekend.”
On this year’s team:
“We have been through so much adversity. It’s just been awesome to see us all come together and have the season we are having especially through everything that has happened. It’s been a tough year, but with these senior guys, we are tough. One thing you can say about this class is that we are resilient. We can get through it all.”
Defensive tackle Kevin Maurice on being in game mode on Thanksgiving:
“It’s tough for the fat boys. It’s our favorite holiday. We have meals throughout the week, and we have different meals that pertain to it. Some guys just hold off Thanksgiving until after. Starve yourself a little bit on Thursday lose all that weight on Friday and scarf it up on the weekend.”
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Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.