Live from Iowa City: What you need to know about Nebraska-Iowa
LIVE FROM KINNICK STADIUM. Chilly Kinnick Stadium. Air temp at 20 degrees, wind chill at 2 degrees. Temp predicted to be 29 degrees at kickoff. The wind will make kicking and passing a challenge today.
BELL LOOKS GOOD TO GO. Nebraska's leading receiver, Kenny Bell, is warming up. He was knocked out of last week's game against Minnesota in the first quarter with a head injury.
NO GREGORY. The Cornhuskers' star defensive end, Randy Gregory, is not in sweatpants and doesn't look like he'll play.
PLEWA OUT. Iowa fullback Macon Plewa, in and out of the lineup all season, is out again with a shoulder injury. He'll be replaced by John Kenny in the starting lineup.
COOPER OUT FOR NEBRASKA. Corey Cooper, the Huskers' starting safety, is out. So are center Mark Pelini and right tackle Zach Sterup in the offensive line.
BOWL TALK. Capital One Bowl has a rep here. That's it.
IOWA'S BIGGEST ADVANTAGE TODAY… Momentum. Strange to think it comes off a loss, but Iowa's second-half rally last week against Wisconsin leaves the offense with more momentum than it's had all season. The Hawkeyes scored touchdowns on their last three drives of the game. Left tackle Brandon Scherffcalled it the team's most complete game of the season. Iowa has got to duplicate that offensive production today against the Cornhuskers. "I think our confidence is pretty high," quarterback Jake Rudock said. "That said, we didn't get the job done last week. I think we need to keep that feeling of not getting it done to help propel us (today)."
WHAT COULD BE THEIR UNDOING? Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr., is a run-pass threat. Iowa has a long history of not handling run-pass threats well, including Maryland's C.J. Brown and Minnesota's Mitch Leidner this season. Armstrong was hurt and didn't play against the Hawkeyes in Iowa's 38-17 victory last season in Lincoln. The sophomore has passed for 2,112 yards and rushed for 633 this season.
WHO SHOULD WE BE TALKING ABOUT BUT AREN'T? Iowa linebacker Quinton Alston waited four seasons behind James Morris to get on the field. Now he'll be playing his final home collegiate game on the turf of Kinnick Stadium. "It's been a tough, long road," said Alston, who is Iowa's third-leading tackler this season. "It's been a great experience, which is going to make it an emotional game (today)."
FINAL PREDICTION: Iowa builds off last week's Wisconsin loss and sends 16 seniors out on a good note. Iowa 28, Nebraska 21.