It’s far from a perfect season for Nebraska, but on Friday the Huskers look to ruin someone else’s perfection for a second time.
While 5-6 Nebraska looks to secure postseason play, 11-0 Iowa hopes to take another step toward THE postseason as in College Football Playoff with its first perfect season since going 7-0 in 1922.
Iowa-Nebraska Preview and Prediction
Despite the difference in results, the talent on these two rosters is very comparable and several matchups may favor the Huskers. Nebraska’s achilles heel on defense all season has been through the air, but Iowa appears ill-equipped to take advantage especially with less than favorable weather conditions expected in Lincoln. C.J. Beathard is efficient and makes the right decisions (61%, 13 TD, 3 INT), but hits for few big plays downfield. His favorite target is possession receiver Matt Vandenberg (56 receptions, 3 TD).
Iowa wins by pounding defensive fronts on the ground. Initially due to injury and later due to equal effectiveness, the Hawkeyes run Jordan Canzeri, Leshun Daniels and Akrum Wadley who have combined for 25 touchdowns. Nebraska, however, brings a top ten rushing defense (110 ypg) to the party.
Tommy Armstrong (27 total TD, 12 INT) makes big plays for both teams and Big Ten interception leader (8) Desmond King is waiting. Imani Cross has taken over the main rushing chores for the Huskers with 98 and 90 yard efforts vs Michigan State and Rutgers. Josey Jewell (102 tackles) leads a tough Hawkeyes D.
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