Nebraska (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) completes its regular season schedule on Friday against Iowa (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten). The matchup marks the ninth straight year of the two meeting to conclude the regular season.
With that said, the Huskers and Hawkeyes will have a two-year break from the Black Friday matchup in 2020 and 2021. Nebraska will instead face Minnesota to conclude the regular season over those two years. Nebraska and Iowa are then scheduled to resume the post-Thanksgiving matchup in 2022.
Iowa currently holds a four-game win streak over Nebraska. The Huskers are looking to snap that streak on Friday.
Nebraska-Iowa football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: BTN (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)
Time: 1:30 p.m. CT
Date: Friday, November 29
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 XM 195 and Sirius 135. Internet radio will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Weather: Rain showers in the morning will evolve into a more steady rain in the afternoon. High of 42 degrees. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
Nebraska-Iowa football picks, odds
The line: Iowa -5.5
(per the VI Consensus)
Nebraska is one game from bowl eligibility. Iowa is on the cusp of a nine-win regular season, giving the Hawkeyes a chance at a 10-win season. Both have enough hostility toward the other to simply want to win on that fact alone.
For the Huskers, the offense had a big outing against Maryland last Saturday. Quarterback Adrian Martinez had 288 yards of total offense, and the Huskers really got going despite illness and injury. Dedrick Mills—who was sick against Maryland—managed 65 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Receiver Wan’Dale Robinson wasn’t available, but the Huskers made due. True freshman running back Rahmir Johnson saw time (although he’s an emergency situation only for Nebraska now due to the four-game redshirt rule), while quarterback Luke McCaffrey stepped in to help out the passing game. JD Spielman also added 104 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
As for Iowa, the Hawkeyes’ offense has slowed itself a bit in recent weeks. Quarterback Nate Stanley still threw for 308 yards—although no touchdowns—against Illinois last week. If he does take to throwing the football, he’ll be looking for Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Tyrone Tracy Jr., Brandon Smith and Nico Ragaini. Those four account for 149 catches, 2,003 yards and 13-of-14 total touchdown passes.
Regardless of it all, this appears to be the ultimate Big Ten slugfest between two Big Ten West opponents that simply don’t like one another. The weather looks to be terrible, and it’ll be interesting to see whose offense can find some footing and whose defense can stop it.
Both teams have a lot on the line, which should make for an interesting Black Friday matchup at Memorial Stadium.