Nebraska travels to Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday to face the Hawkeyes to close its 2018 season. The game is the Huskers’ traditional post-Thanksgiving Friday matchup, and marks the eighth straight year the Nebraska and Iowa meet on Black Friday. Saturday also marks the 49th meeting between Nebraska and Iowa overall.
The Huskers currently hold a 29-16-3 lead in the series. The two met 41 times as non-conference opponents prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten in 2011. The Hawkeyes have tied their longest win streak in the series with the current three-game win streak.
After the 2019 matchup, Nebraska and Iowa will take a two-year break from meeting at the end of the season in 2020 and 2021. The two will resume the post-Thanksgiving meeting in 2022.
Nebraska-Iowa football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: FOX (Brian Custer, Ben Leber, Jen Hale)
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Date: Friday, Nov. 23
Live stream: FOX Sports GO
Radio: Huskers fans can listen to the Nebraska vs. Iowa game on IMG Husker Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Channel 133 and XM 372. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Weather: Cloudy with occasional rain in the afternoon. High 47 degrees. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100 percent. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
Nebraska-Iowa football picks, odds
The line: Nebraska +9, per OddsShark
Nebraska enters the matchup with Iowa with a 4-7 overall record (3-5 in the Big Ten). This comes on the heels of a 9-6 victory over Michigan State last Saturday at home, marking Nebraska’s fourth win in the past five games. It’s also the Huskers’ best five-game stretch since opening the 2016 season 7-0.
The Blackshirts were a big key in Nebraska’s victory over Michigan State, holding the Spartans to only two field goals, a 15-of-41 passing effort and 289 total yards. Freshman kicker Barret Pickering was equally impressive, hitting three fourth-quarter field goals to win the game. It’s believed to be Nebraska’s first victory without a scoring touchdown since 1937.
As for Iowa, the Hawkeyes come into the matchup with a 7-4 overall record (4-4 in the Big Ten). Iowa most recently defeated Illinois in a 63-0 victory last Saturday, which ended a three-game losing streak (and those three losses were by a total of 12 points).
The Hawkeyes’ defense is considered one of the Big Ten’s best, ranking second in the conference allowing 280.9 yards per game and second in the conference in scoring defense at 16.5 points per game. Iowa has also allowed just 11 points per game at home this season.
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