|Last 3 Games||3-0||+2||2-0||2-0||32.7||14.7||451.7||(5.8)||2.3||20.3||11.3||309.7||(4.7)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||37.5||20.0||24.1||30:53||47-257||(5.5)||17-28||63.0%||222||(8.1)||74-479||(6.5)||(12.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||26.6||13||19.9||29:25||38-167||(4.4)||19-32||59.4%||215||(6.7)||70-383||(5.5)||(14.4)|
|Offense Road Games||31.2||18.0||22.5||28:46||41-249||(6)||19-33||57.3%||224||(6.8)||74-473||(6.4)||(15.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.0||13.9||17.5||29:07||40-171||(4.3)||14-30||45.5%||158||(5.3)||70-329||(4.7)||(13.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||27.7||13.7||20.8||31:39||41-177||(4.4)||18-31||59.7%||217||(7)||71-394||(5.5)||(14.2)|
|Defense Road Games||37.7||21.7||19.5||31:14||46-283||(6.1)||13-29||46.6%||170||(5.9)||75-453||(6)||(12)|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-4.2||0-3||2-1||20.7||10.3||306.0||(4.8)||0.7||31.0||17.3||492.0||(6.7)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||20.5||9.2||17.8||29:42||33-124||(3.7)||19-33||58.1%||196||(5.9)||66-320||(4.8)||(15.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.1||11.8||20.9||31:12||39-163||(4.1)||19-33||59.2%||221||(6.7)||72-384||(5.3)||(15.9)|
|Offense Home Games||22.2||10.8||17.3||27:07||30-127||(4.3)||18-33||54.5%||208||(6.3)||63-335||(5.3)||(15.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.8||14.1||20.1||30:18||38-159||(4.2)||20-31||63.7%||234||(7.6)||69-392||(5.7)||(16.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||27.4||14.3||20.4||29:53||37-159||(4.4)||20-33||59.0%||234||(7)||70-393||(5.6)||(14.3)|
|Defense Home Games||22.5||13.8||21.3||32:53||38-139||(3.7)||24-35||67.6%||256||(7.3)||73-395||(5.4)||(17.5)|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEBRASKA 37.9, IOWA 33.8|
|10/6/2012||@ OHIO ST||38-63||L||2.5||L||57.5||O||46-223||15-25-214||4||48-371||7-14-127||1|
|11/3/2012||@ MICHIGAN ST||28-24||W||1||W||44.5||O||40-313||16-36-160||3||43-238||9-27-123||2|
|11/23/2012||@ IOWA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/13/2012||@ MICHIGAN ST||19-16||W||8||W||39||U||34-123||19-36-134||1||39-149||12-31-179||1|
|11/23/2012||NEBRASKA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEBRASKA: The switch to the Big Ten didn't go as well as Nebraska had hoped. This year, the Cornhuskers look to be the team everybody thought they would be last season. QB Taylor Martinez and RB Rex Burkhead return to the option offense where they rushed for 874 yards and 1,357 yards, respectively. The lack of wide receivers on this team is an issue, but there's no doubt Nebraska's offense will still be powerful with those two in the backfield. The defense should be sufficient as well, as the Huskers return five starters in key positions. But it won't be a typical dominant Blackshirts defense, as they lack proven playmakers on that side of the ball. |
|IOWA: It's hard to rule out the Hawkeyes with Kirk Ferentz and the rest of his brilliant coaching staff, but this team has plenty of reasons for concern entering 2012. Iowa lost its star running back, Marcus Coker, and receiver, Marvin McNutt. QB James Vandenberg made great strides last year (3,022 pass yds, 25 TD, 7 INT), but he doesn't have a lot of proven receivers to rely on. Iowa is going to struggle running the ball behind an inexperienced offensive line, and the team could struggle defensively as well. The Hawkeyes return their leading tackler James Morris (52 solo tackles, 58 assists), but they lose their two best players in the secondary. Iowa has a plethora of young recruits at skill positions, but ultimately this team is too inexperienced to compete for a conference title.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (NEBRASKA-IOWA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS Iowa's rushing yards allowed during losing streak)
*Nebraska-Iowa Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
No. 14 Nebraska (9-2) at Iowa (4-7), 12:00 p.m. EDT
After another impressive effort last weekend, surging Nebraska finds itself on the verge of its first Big Ten championship game.
While the Cornhuskers still need to defeat Iowa, the struggling Hawkeyes could have a difficult time keeping up Friday.
The No. 17 Huskers try to lock up first place in the Legends Division as they close out their schedule against Iowa, which hopes to avoid losing six straight for the first time in 13 years.
Taylor Martinez threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to become the school's all-time passing leader and Nebraska (9-2, 6-1) scored on four of its first six possessions Saturday, extending its winning streak to five with a 38-14 victory over Minnesota.
The Huskers, who came from behind in four of their first five conference victories, haven't won six in a row since opening 11-0 in 2001.
"We've been coming out slow the past four or five weeks and giving people heart attacks," said sophomore Kenny Bell, who had a career-high nine receptions for 136 yards and two scores. "It was big for us to get into our game faster to throw them off. We came out strong.
"We've got a big week ahead of us now, again, with going to Iowa City."
Nebraska is tied with No. 20 Michigan for the division lead but owns the tiebreaker after beating the Wolverines 23-9 on Oct. 27. Michigan plays at No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday.
"The challenge is going to be to come back in a short week and be ready to go on the road and put ourselves in position to finish off the second half of the year the way we want to," said coach Bo Pelini, whose team ranks second in the conference with 37.5 points per game.
"I think our players have a pretty good understanding of what we have at stake - it's not about Iowa, it's about us."
These teams will be meeting in the second annual Heroes Game, which began with Nebraska's move to the Big Ten. The Huskers won the inaugural one 20-7 in Lincoln - the schools' first matchup since 2000 - and have taken four straight from the Hawkeyes by an average of 28.0 points.
Nebraska would again appear to have a significant edge over the Hawkeyes, who have given up 482.6 yards per contest during their skid. Iowa hasn't dropped six in a row since closing the 1999 season with eight defeats.
"Obviously, it hasn't turned out as we wanted," senior quarterback James Vandenberg said. "We always talk about building something for the next game, for the future. We're building for next year now."
Iowa lost 42-17 at Michigan on Saturday. Vandenberg threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns but the Hawkeyes were outgained 513-309.
"Clearly not a lot of positives on our side of the ball," coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We will go back to work ... on a short week here and see what we can do about getting ready for the next game."
While Iowa figures to have its hands full with Martinez, slowing down Ameer Abdullah could also prove difficult. The sophomore carried only 18 times against the Golden Gophers but gained 79 yards - the first time in five games that he didn't surpass the 100-yard mark.
"Remember the old cartoon `Mighty Mouse?' That's him," running backs coach Ron Brown said. "He's Mighty Mouse, man. He's a muscled up little guy who has a big, giant heart and runs like a bear. He's a versatile guy and he has great mental toughness."
Abdullah could be in for another big day against an Iowa defense that's allowed 208.2 rushing yards per game during its losing streak.
Though the Hawkeyes have lost their last four matchups with ranked opponents by an average of 17.8 points, Pelini isn't expecting anything to come easy Friday.
"We have a lot of respect for their program ... they're gonna play hard, there's a tremendous amount of pride and tradition in that program. It's their Senior Day, there's a lot of things that are going into it for them," he said.
"With all that being said, we have to be ready to play our best football."
|Last Updated: 10/23/2016 8:52:48 PM EST|