Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz will try to close the season with a win over Nebraska on Friday.
The Hawkeyes won't be going to a bowl game, so Friday's home finale against Nebraska is their last chance to salvage a good memory from 2012. It won't be easy, the Huskers have won five straight.
A win by the 17th-ranked Huskers will put Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin.
Iowa lost to Michigan last week, 42-17, for their fifth loss in a row. The Hawkeyes are 14-point underdogs but won't just roll over for the Big Red.
"The thing we're playing for is pride," said Iowa safety Tanner Miller. "With a win here we could get back to playing Iowa football and just give us something to work for in the offseason, give us a little momentum."
"Obviously we're not going to the postseason," said Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde. "It's just one last opportunity to play in front of Hawk fans and show them we are a good team."
"We'll approach this game like we would any. We're going to do our best to win this game," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. "It won't alter who goes in. We'll play the guys that give us the best chance to win."
"It's a trophy game, a rivalry game. It's my last game ever," said Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg. "There would be nothing better than going out with a win against Nebraska."
Iowa and Nebraska kick off at 11 AM on Friday on national TV.
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