By The Associated Press
Iowa (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at Nebraska (8-3, 5-2)
Radio: KJAN AM 1220/FM 101.1 (9:00 am pre-game/11:05 kick-off)
TV: 11 a.m. CST (ABC)
Line: Nebraska by 3.
Series Record: Nebraska leads 28-12-3.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
If not Bo Pelini’s job at Nebraska, then certainly the bowl slot for both teams. Assuming Wisconsin earns an at-large BCS bid, the Cornhuskers could lock up a spot in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. The Buffalo Wild Wings and Gator bowls are in play for the Hawkeyes.
Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah vs. Iowa rush defense: With QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. (ankle) questionable, Abdullah will carry an even heavier load in the running game. Michigan State’s nation-leading defense couldn’t stop Abdullah, and now we’ll see if Iowa’s can. Abdullah has rushed for 100-plus yards in 10 of 11 games. The Hawkeyes are 20th nationally against the run and have allowed only four rushing touchdowns.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Iowa: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has caught a pass in 29 straight games, the second-longest streak among active FBS tight ends. He has 23 receptions for 230 yards and a team-high five touchdowns, including a 5-yarder against Michigan last week.
Nebraska: QB Ron Kellogg III, a former walk-on who could make the first start of his career on his Senior Day. Kellogg threw the Hail Mary to beat Northwestern, and he took over for an injured Armstrong last week to lead the Huskers in their overtime win at Penn State.
FACTS & FIGURES
Iowa’s four losses are to teams that have a combined record of 42-3 (Northern Illinois, 11-0; Michigan State, 10-1; Ohio State, 11-0, Wisconsin, 9-2). All four are in the BCS top 15 … The Hawkeyes are going for their fourth road win, which would be their most since 2009 … The winner receives the Hero’s Trophy, which honors citizens in both states who have excelled at community service … Abdullah’s 1,483 yards rushing is most by a Nebraska player since Ahman Green went for 1,877 in 1997 … Nebraska’s Randy Gregory has had at least one tackle for loss in 10 straight games.