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No. 17 Nebraska looks to keep Big Ten hopes alive at Iowa

Nov 23, 2016

No. 17 Nebraska (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 16 CFP) at Iowa (7-4, 5-3), 3:30 p.m. (ABC).

Line: Iowa by 3 ½.

Series record: Nebraska leads 29-14-3.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

With a win over Iowa and a Minnesota victory over Wisconsin, Nebraska will reach the Big Ten title game. Iowa will look to leapfrog the Gophers in the league's bowl positioning and keep the Heroes Trophy in Iowa City.

 

KEY MATCHUP

Nebraska's QBs vs. Iowa's defense: With Tommy Armstrong Jr. (hamstring) and Ryker Fyfe (broken wrist, non-throwing hand) questionable for Friday, the Huskers have very little idea what it can do in the passing game. But the uncertainty does have an advantage, because Iowa doesn't know who to prepare for.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nebraska: RB Terrell Newby: He can minimize Nebraska's quarterback issues with a big game. Newby rushed for 98 yards and three TDs in last week's 28-7 win over Maryland.

Iowa: QB C.J. Beathard: He's thrown for just 146 yards in the Hawkeyes last two games, but Iowa won both anyway. The Hawkeyes will likely look to pop a few big plays early, grab the lead and force the Huskers to throw the ball.

 

FACTS & FIGURES

The visiting team has won the last four meetings in this series. ...Iowa ran for 262 yards last week at Illinois. ... A win on Friday would give Nebraska its first 10-win season since 2012. ...The Huskers and Hawkeyes share a common loss in Wisconsin. Nebraska fell on the road 23-17 in overtime, and Iowa lost to the Badgers 17-9 at home.

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