IOWA CITY, Iowa — A piece of the Big Ten West Division title is at stake Friday in the regular-season finale for Nebraska (9-2, 6-2) and Iowa (7-4, 5-3) at Kinnick Stadium.
UPDATE, 3:35: ESPN News is showing the start of the Iowa-Nebraska game since the Houston-Memphis game is running long.
UPDATE, 4:01: The game has moved back to ABC.
If Nebraska wins, it clinches a share of the divisional crown. Should Wisconsin lose to Minnesota on Saturday, the Huskers would qualify for the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis. If Iowa wins, it also could earn a share of the divisional title if the Gophers upset the Badgers. The Hawkeyes already are eliminated from the Big Ten championship game.
The traveling Heroes Trophy is at stake for the teams. Iowa currently has possession of the trophy after its 28-20 win in Lincoln last year.
Nebraska vs. Iowa game time, details
Time: 3:36 p.m. (ET) / 2:36 p.m. (CT) kickoff
Date: Friday, Nov. 25
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Weather: 42 degrees and partly sunny at kickoff
The line: Iowa is a 2-point favorite
What TV channel broadcasts Nebraska vs. Iowa?
ABC will televise the 47th meeting between the teams in a series that began in 1891.
How can I watch Nebraska vs. Iowa online?
WatchESPN will provide live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Nebraska vs. Iowa on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 81. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. In Nebraska, 590 AM (KXSP-Omaha), 92.3 FM (KEZ)-Omaha, 1400 AM (KILN-Lincoln) and 98.1 FM (KFGE-Lincoln) are the flagship stations. Click here for other Nebraska network stations. Greg Sharpe is the play-by-play broadcaster with Matt Davison as the color analyst. The TuneIn app provides radio coverage from each team.
Who is calling the game for ABC?
Allen Bestwick handles the play-by-play, Mike Bellotti provides the color and Kris Budden adds flavor as the sideline reporter.
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Nebraska vs. Iowa keys to the game
When Iowa has the ball, who wins the running game battle?
If everything is equal (turnovers, field position, etc.) how Iowa’s running game fares against Nebraska’s run defense will impact the game’s outcome. In the Hawkeyes’ seven wins, they averaged 224.7 yards on the ground. In Iowa’s four losses, it averaged 56.5 rushing yards. In eight of Nebraska’s nine wins, it has held opponents to 131 or fewer rushing yards. In each of the Huskers’ last four victories, their opponent didn’t reach 90 yards on the ground. Iowa’s lowest output in a win was 164 yards. The most rushing yards allowed by Nebraska in a win was 137 yards.
How does Tommy Armstrong’s situation affect both teams?
If senior Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong is slowed by his injured hamstring, Iowa’s linebackers could attack the running back rather than respect Armstrong as a running threat on option plays. Or if third-team quarterback Zack Darlington is forced to play, expect the Hawkeyes to become more aggressive in stopping the run and isolate their cornerbacks a little more often in coverage.
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers
The turnover battle has predicted the outcome in four of the series’ five years in Big Ten play. In all but one, the team with the fewest turnovers won. Last year, Armstrong threw 4 interceptions while Iowa coughed it up once. Iowa won 28-20. In 2014, the Hawkeyes had 4 turnovers, including an early interception in the end zone, and Nebraska rallied for a 37-34 overtime win. Iowa was plus-3 in a 38-17 win in 2013, and the Cornhuskers were plus-2 in a 20-7 victory in 2011. The 2012 game was the only time the turnover margin was even, and Nebraska won 13-7.