Iowa found itself ranked as high as 20th in the College Football Playoff rankings coming off an unlikely thrashing of Ohio State earlier this month, but the offense that was so proficient against the Buckeyes has returned to its early-season form. The Hawkeyes may catch a bit of a break in that regard in their final regular-season contest, however, when they travel to Nebraska on Friday to face the worst defense in the Big Ten as the teams battle for the Heroes Trophy.
Entering its Nov. 4 meeting with Ohio State, Iowa had scored fewer than 20 points in four of its first five conference games, but the Hawkeyes rolled up 487 yards on a one-loss team en route to a 55-24 victory. The Hawkeyes fell 38-14 at No.4 Wisconsin the following week and mustered only 258 yards last week in a 24-15 loss to Purdue to give the Boilermakers their first conference road win of the season. The Cornhuskers may provide a bit of a soft landing, however, as they have surrendered league-worst marks of 34.6 points and 429.9 yards under first-year defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. During the 1-5 slide that may very well mark the beginning of the end for third-year coach Mike Riley, Nebraska is coughing up an average of 43.2 points and 510 yards - numbers made worse after giving up 609 yards in last weekend?s 56-44 defeat at No. 11 Penn State.
TV: 4 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1.
LINE: Iowa -3