Iowa Football: College Football News’ Iowa-Nebraska game pick – Hawkeyes Wire

With an eighth straight win over Nebraska, Iowa secures a return trip to Indianapolis.
Iowa (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) head football coach Kirk Ferentz shared his thoughts about the Huskers earlier this week.
“Our opponent, they’ve been really I think impressive if you consider the changes that have been to the program. They’ve had a couple injuries, quarterback in and out. Just continue to play and compete and do really well. Upgraded their roster over the course out of season. They got a lot of transfer guys in, a lot of guys that are dangerous, productive players.
“But the biggest thing is they’ve continued to compete. All you got to do is look back at last week, they had a 14-3 lead on Wisconsin, who had to really work hard to pull that out at the end. We know firsthand how difficult it is to beat Wisconsin. It’s never been easy. They’re playing well. They’re competing hard. We expect a tough, tough ballgame here Friday needless to say,” Ferentz said.
Naturally, Nebraska interim head coach Mickey Joseph said much of the same flowery things about the Hawkeyes and he also understands what this Heroes Trophy game means for both.
“Yeah, we talked about that. I know it’s a rival game, so I know they’re going to be up for it. They’re gonna be up for it and they’re going to come out and play in full force this game,” Joseph said.
What about some of the national voices? Pete Fiutak of College Football News shared some of his thoughts on this installment in the rivalry between the Hawkeyes and Huskers.
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Why does Fiutak think the Huskers are winning?
It might have had problems holding up against Michigan, but it gave Minnesota a rough game and had Wisconsin in big trouble last week. All were losses – the Huskers have lost five straight – but the want-to is still there thanks to an improving defense.
They allowed fewer than 370 yards in three of the last four games, and now they get an Iowa offense that desperately needs help from the defense to help with field position and potentially come up with a few scores.
For all the issues with the Huskers, the haven’t turned the ball over in either of the last two games and just once in the last three. – Fiutak, College Football News.
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Why does Fiutak think the Hawkeyes are winning?
Nebraska’s offense has stalled.
It was great this year against mediocre defenses, but Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin – all of them stuffed the Huskers allowing fewer than 270 yards in each of the four.
The running game that struggled all year has completely stalled, the passing attack can’t get to 200 yards, and Iowa’s defense isn’t the one to get healthy against.
The Hawkeyes have won four straight, they’ve taken the ball away 13 times in the last six games. – Fiutak, College Football News.
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As Fiutak notes, it’s win and get in for Iowa. So, what’s going to happen?
The Iowa defense will be suffocating against the run, a few field goals will be enough to set the early tone, and then it’ll be on to the prep work for the Michigan-Ohio State winner. – Fiutak, College Football News.
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Fiutak likes Iowa to keep the Heroes Trophy.
Final: Iowa 26, Nebraska 13.
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