For the Hawkeyes, it all comes down to this. Coach Kirk Ferentz's 4th-ranked Iowa football squad takes to the road to complete its 2015 regular season slate today, and faces a tough challenge this afternoon.
The Hawkeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) enter one of the most hostile environments in the nation when they travel to Memorial Stadium to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) in Lincoln.
The Huskers will be playing for a shot at the postseason today, needing a sixth win to become bowl eligible. Nebraska returns home to face the Hawks on a two-game win streak after dispatching Rutgers by a score of 31-14 last Saturday. On November 7, the Huskers took down then-No. 6 Michigan State on a last minute touchdown in front of a raucous Nebraska crowd.
Iowa has reached the final game on its regular season slate as one of just two unbeaten teams in the current College Football Playoff ranks. The Hawkeyes have gone 1-3 against Nebraska since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011 -- with the one win coming in Lincoln the last time they visited on November 29, 2013. Iowa convincingly beat Nebraska by a score of 38-17 in that meeting. The Huskers lead the all-time series between the two teams by a 29–13–3 margin, but a win in this game would arguably mean more than any of the previous 35 series match-ups for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa has already assured itself a berth in the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis on December 5, but likely needs a win today and another in the conference championship to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive. 2015 will mark Iowa's first appearance in the Big Ten Championship game.
Kickoff in Lincoln is at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, be sure follow the action through live updates on KWWL.com as well as frequent in-game updates on the KWWL Facebook and Twitter pages.
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