An eighth straight win over Nebraska gives Iowa a return leg to Indianapolis.
Iowa (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) head coach Kirk Ferentz shared his thoughts on the Huskers earlier this week.
“Our opponent was really impressive, I think, considering the program changes. They’ve had a couple of injuries, quarterback in and quarterback out. Just keep playing and competing and doing really well. Improved their roster over the course of the off-season. They brought in a lot of transfer guys, a lot of guys who are dangerous, productive players.
“But the biggest thing is that they continued to compete. Just look back over the past week, they had a 14-3 lead over Wisconsin, who ended up having to work really hard to pull that off. We know firsthand how difficult it is to beat Wisconsin. It’s never been easy. They play well. You compete hard. Of course we’re expecting a tough, tough ball game here on Friday,” said Ferentz.
Of course, interim Nebraska head coach Mickey Joseph said many of the same flowery things about the Hawkeyes, and he also understands what this Heroes Trophy game means for both of them.
“Yes, we talked about that. I know it’s a rival game, so I know they’ll be ready for it. They’re going to be ready and they’re going to come out and play this game full force,” Joseph said.
What about some of the national voices? College Football News’ Pete Fiutak shared some of his thoughts on this episode in the rivalry between the Hawkeyes and Huskers.
Why Nebraska will win
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Why does Fiutak think the Huskers will win?
It might have struggled to hold its own against Michigan, but it gave Minnesota a tough game and Wisconsin struggled a lot last week. All were losses – the Huskers have lost five straight games – but the want is still there thanks to an improving defense.
They’ve conceded fewer than 370 yards in three of their last four games, and now they’re getting an Iowa offense that desperately needs help from the defense to help with field position and possibly score a few points.
For all their troubles with the Huskers, they haven’t turned the ball in either of their last two games and only once in their last three. – Fiutak, College Football News.
Why Iowa will win
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Why does Fiutak think the Hawkeyes will win?
Nebraska’s offensive has stalled.
It’s been great this year against mediocre defenses, but Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin — they all stuffed the Huskers, allowing under 270 yards in each of the four.
The running game, which has struggled all year, is completely stalled, pass attack can’t get 200 yards, and Iowa’s defense isn’t the one to get healthy against.
The Hawkeyes have won four straight games, and in their last six games they have taken the ball 13 times. – Fiutak, College Football News.
What will happen
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As Fiutak notes, it’s all about winning and stepping in for Iowa. So what will happen?
The Iowa defense will choke against the run, a few field goals will be enough to set the early tone, and then the prep work for the Michigan State winner begins. – Fiutak, College Football News.
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Fiutak wants Iowa to keep the Heroes Trophy.
Final: Iowa 26, Nebraska 13.
Offensive, defensive prospects for the Huskers
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