The Big Ten regular season will come to an end for two teams on Friday when the Iowa Hawkeyes go on the road to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Both teams come into the game 4-3 in Big Ten play. Nebraska is 8-3 overall, while Iowa is 7-4.
Friday will be the first game between the two teams as conference rivals.
Where: Memorial Stadium. Lincoln, Nebraska
When: Friday, Nov. 25 at 12 p.m. ET
Listen: KXIC 800 AM in Iowa City. KLIN 1400 AM in Lincoln. Streamed at Game Tracker.
Who will win on Friday?
Nebraska (-9.5), according to Bodog.
The Cornhuskers are a much better team at home, and Iowa is not as dangerous away from their home.
If the Hawkeyes were at home, I would say that they will at least keep it in single digits. But as it is, Nebraska is a good bet.
This is the final regular-season game for both teams. Neither will go to a BCS game but the winner will finish in better position in the Big Ten. As a result, they will get into a better bowl game.
Who Might Not Play for Iowa
LB Shane DiBona and DL Dominic Alvis are out.
OL Nolan MacMillan is questionable.
Who Might Not Play for Nebraska
OL Jake Cotton and DT Jared Crick are out.
TE Ben Cotton and OL Andrew Rodriguez are doubtful.
DT Thaddeus Randle and S Courtney Osborne are questionable.
Who will win a Big Ten title first?
BCS/Top 25 Implications
In terms of making a BCS game, this game is irrelevant. Nebraska enters at No. 21. They will need to win to finish the season ranked.
What They're Saying
Jeff Packer of the Daily Nebraskan is reporting that there are grumblings in Nebraska about the program's inability to step up to the next level.
Some worry if the program is stalled on the field, though, unable to get over a hump. The Huskers' loss to Michigan brought up an ongoing wound: Nebraska has lost three games in the regular season for the third time in four years. They've lost to an un-ranked team at home in each of Pelini's four campaigns.
Iowa Player To Watch
RB Marcus Coker. On the road, in a place like Nebraska, controlling the game from the line of scrimmage will be a must.
Nebraska Player To Watch
QB Taylor Martinez. He's the most important player on the field for Nebraska at all times. As both a passer and rusher, he will be needed for Nebraska to win.
Coker vs. the Iowa defensive front. The Cornhuskers won't shut Coker down, but he can't run wild on the defense. If he does, an upset is quite possible, even likely.
On the Hot Seat
I don't want to be overdramatic and say that Bo Pellini's job is on the line. Still, in 2012, he will need to take the team to the next level.
Right now, they are good, but not elite.
Prediction: Nebraska 30, Iowa 17
In Lincoln, I like Nebraska to win this one. Look for a competitive game here, but Nebraska will pull away in the end.