The Iowa Hawkeyes try to extend their mastery of the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Black Friday to close out the 2021 regular season. Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. on 93.1 The Buzz from the Hawkeye Sports Network with Gary Dolphin, Ed Podolak and Rob Brooks on the call.
Kick-off is at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on the Big Ten Network.
The Hawkeyes are ranked 16th in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings.
Here are the full #CFBPlayoff selection committee rankings for games played through November 20 and as we head into rivalry week
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1: Iowa has won six straight and seven of the last eight meetings. The Hawkeyes have outscored the Huskers 180-96 in the last five meetings.
2: Iowa has won eight straight games played on a Friday. Iowa defeated Maryland on Oct. 1 in its first of two Friday games in 2021. Iowa and Nebraska meet on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, for the 11th consecutive season. The schools have played on Black Friday every year since Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference in 2011. Iowa is 7-3 in the previous 10 Black Friday meetings.
3: Iowa leads the country in interceptions (21) and ranks fourth nationally in takeaways (26). The Hawkeyes have 85 interception since 2017, more than any team in the country. Eleven different Hawkeyes have at least one interception this season. Iowa is plus-18 in turnover margin in its nine wins and minus-six in its two losses.
4: LB/DB Dane Belton ties for the NCAA lead with five interceptions. DB Riley Moss has four interceptions and DB Matt Hankins has three interceptions. All three players have recorded two interceptions in a single game this season.
5: Iowa ranks fourth in the Big Ten and ninth in the country in scoring defense (16.9). Iowa’s total defense (314.8) ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 13th in the country.
6: C Tyler Linderbaum is one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and one of six semifinalist for the Outland Trophy. He was named a midseason first-team All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, CBS Sports, and The Athletic. Linderbaum has made 32 consecutive starts at center. Iowa is 25-7 during that span.
7: QB Alex Padilla has led Iowa to two wins in his first two career starts. QB Spencer Petras had started 17 straight games for the Hawkeyes before missing the Nov. 13 contest against Minnesota.
8: WR Charlie Jones ranks second in the Big Ten averaging 8.8 yards on a league-high 33 punt returns. He has returned 22 kickoffs for an average of 26.4 yards per return, No. 2 in the Big Ten. He returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown Week 11 against Illinois.
9: RB Tyler Goodson leads Iowa’s rushing attack with 945 yards on 215 attempts, both single-season career highs. Goodson is 55 yards shy of 1,000 rushing yards this season. The last time a Hawkeye rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season was 2017 (Akrum Wadley, 1,109).
10: LB Jack Campbell is a Butkus Award semifinalist and leads the Hawkeyes and ranks second in the Big Ten with 108 tackles. He is he first Hawkeye to record 100 tackles in a single season since Josey Jewell, who had 100+ tackles each year from 2015-17 (126, 124, 136).