Husker Doc Talk

2016 Episode 18: Is Nebraska and Iowa A Rivalry?

November 21, 2016

Hy-Vee has tried like hell to make the Black Friday game against Iowa a real rivalry. But is it? Right now no. As time goes by and Nebraska continues to write its history in the Big 10 Conference, then yes, Iowa versus Nebraska will be a rivalry. But not one based on heroes or some made up corporate trophy. Rivalries are made by what happens on the field and to be honest so far so good in the competition department. Since Nebraska joined the Big 10, it leads series three wins to two losses. The visiting team has won the last four games in the series. As you listen, there is an error as we said the visiting team had won each game in the Big 10 series. That is incorrect as Nebraska won the 2011 game in Lincoln 20-7.

In this week's Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob Zatechka, and Travis Justice discuss the showdown in Iowa City. They recorded this podcast before Monday's news conference but the do touch on the health of Tommy Armstrong. Playing without the senior's leadership and mobility will make the game a lot tougher if he isn't in there.

Iowa has put two good weeks together, beating then second-ranked Michigan two weeks ago and shutting out Illinois last Saturday. The Hawks are stopping teams with their defense. Iowa's offense, on the other hand, is one dimensional. Stop the run, and you stop the Hawks.

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