Iowa Football: Key Matchups When the Hawks Play Nebraska

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Iowa Football: Key Matchups When the Hawks Play Nebraska

Iowa is 7-4. Nebraska is 8-3.

Iowa fans wanted more for their team, but they can hardly complain given that it is a rebuilding year, and the Hawks are now in a position to win eight games.

Meanwhile, Nebraska fans wanted to come into the Big Ten and dominate. It has hardly worked out that way, as the Cornhusker defense—or Blackshirts—have been worse than Iowa's D, which has been the worst Hawkeye defense since Kirk Ferentz took over in 1999.

Still, the Huskers sit at eight wins with a chance to win nine and go to a respectable New Year's Day bowl game. If the Hawks were sitting in Nebraska's position, I suspect Iowa fans would be ecstatic.

Nevertheless, this game has turned out to have all the makings of what a rivalry game should have.

There are no conference or divisional championships on the line, but the Hawks could go 8-4 and have a good shot at the Outback Bowl if they win. It may not seem like much, but it is a world away from 7-5 and the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl.

On the other hand, Nebraska could finish 9-3 and wind up in the Capital One Bowl, despite a down defensive year.

Speaking as an Iowa fan, a win in Lincoln could go a long way towards washing away the failures of the last two years.

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