The Huskers have played on Black Friday each year since 1990, spanning three different conferences and three different opponents (Oklahoma, Colorado and Iowa).
Nebraska comes into the game at 1-3 on the season, while Iowa comes into Friday’s game with a 3-2 record.
Nebraska-Iowa football TV channel, time, live stream
TV Channel: FOX (Brian Custer, Robert Smith)
Time: 12 p.m. CT
Date: Friday, November 27
Live stream: Fox Sports app with cable or dish log in
Radio: Nebraska fans can listen to the game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on XM 195 and Sirius 206. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Weather: Iowa City typically sees the same kind of weather we do in Lincoln. The average this time of year in Iowa City is 43 for the high and 25 for the low and overall. We’ll be close to those numbers on Friday.
Nebraska-Iowa football picks, odds
The line: Iowa -13.5
(per the VI Consensus)
Who will be Nebraska’s starting quarterback against Iowa? Will it be redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey or will Nebraska go back to junior Adrian Martinez?
“Both of them had a really good week. We graded everything they did, every snap. Both executed better than they have in practice probably any week this year, so we’ve got a decision to make,” Scott Frost said on Wednesday. “I’ve said all year I feel great about those guys, but they’ve got to play up to their potential. They’re both really talented kids that are more than capable of doing everything we need them to do to play well and win football games.”
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz isn’t too worried about it though. This is the second straight week that Iowa will have to prepare for two possibilities at quarterback. It wasn’t until about 20 minutes before kickoff that it became clear Penn State redshirt sophomore quarterback Will Levis would start over redshirt junior quarterback Sean Clifford. Having faced that, Iowa knows to be ready for both McCaffrey and Martinez.
“Both these guys are capable of making plays with their feet, with their arm and their head,” Ferentz said. “It’s one of those deals where there’s a lot of pressure on your defense at every position because both these quarterbacks can run, they can get outside and throw it, they can get outside and run it. That makes it a big challenge for us.”
Regardless of who’s at the helm for Nebraska, Iowa features one of the Big Ten’s stingiest defenses. The Hawkeyes are allowing just 319.8 yards and 16.0 points per game. In its last three games, Iowa has limited its opponents to just 11.7 points per game. One top of that, Iowa ranks in the top 20 nationally in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense and scoring defense.
Nebraska has a lot to figure out after the 41-23 loss to Illinois. There are a number of unanswered questions as well, and Nebraska will be without some key players. Things could get interesting fast in Iowa City.
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