The Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers are headed in two opposite directions. After a slow start, the Hawkeyes are now rolling with three straight wins over Michigan State, Minnesota and Penn State. The defense has settled in and proven stout when needed while the offense has found what works: pounding the rock. The Hawkeyes have scored 125 points over the last three weeks while the defense has given up just 35 points, forcing 9 turnovers and 11 sacks in the same span.
In Nebraska, meanwhile, the Huskers find themselves a Black Friday loss away from their fourth consecutive year finishing .500 or worse in the regular season. The Huskers, while donning black uniforms for their famed blackshirts, allowed the most points in series history last week as Illinois hung 41 en route to handing Nebraska their third loss of the season.
Nebraska now enters Friday’s showdown desperate for a win as they seek to end a five game losing streak to their only border rivals. Everything you need to know about Iowa’s matchup with Nebraska can be found in the below stream.
Nebraska has largely dominated the series between the Hawkeyes and Huskers, holding a 29-18-3 all-time lead. But as with most successful Nebraska things, that was mostly in the past. The Huskers have just 8 wins over Iowa since the end of World War II, 4 since the turn of the century, and just 3 since joining the Big Ten. Iowa, who won the first ever meeting between the two teams back in 1891, has won the last five dating back to 2015.
While the Hawkeyes are not often known for their offensive prowess, they’ve found success against the black shirts. Iowa won last year’s meeting 27-24, marking the lowest offensive output by the Hawkeyes since 2012 and the lowest in an Iowa win since 1981. During the current five game winning streak, Iowa has averaged more than 36 points per game. They come into Friday’s contest averaging 33 points per game while Nebraska is giving 34 per game.
Despite the last two meetings coming down to a field goal, Nebraska is yet to beat Iowa since issuing a Frost warning three years ago.