By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Iowa will miss a bowl for the first time in four seasons.
There isn't much fanfare to the Iowa Hawkeyes season finale, aside from playing Nebraska in the second annual Heroes game.
The Hawks are on a five game losing streak. That hasn't happened since 2000.
In the words of the Hawkeyes, they're playing for pride at this point.
14-point underdogs heading into Friday's matchup, Iowa has struggled on both sides of the football, giving up more than 31 points per game, while only scoring an average of about 18.
Despite their struggles, the team is just looking to end the season a winning note.
"Show the fans we still care. Show everyone that we still care," Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz said. "Just show everyone what Hawkeye football is about."
On the flip side, the 14th ranked Huskers are coming into the final game of the season hot as a pistol on a five game winning streak.
Following Head Coach Bo Pelini's now famous "win out" post game comments following the Ohio State loss, the Huskers can clinch a berth in the Big Ten Championship game with a victory. A loss and they'll need Michigan to lose, in order to get in.
"We don't tell ourselves, we have to win this game or we'll be out. We just take every week and just say take care of ourselves and everything will fall into place," running back Ameer Abdullah said. "And, that's what's been happening."
Kick-off between the Hawkeyes and Huskers is set for 11 a.m.
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