Iowa rose up and blew away Nebraska 40-10. What does it all mean?
Iowa 40, Nebraska 10: What Does It All Mean?
Wisconsin is off to the Big Ten Championship
We still don’t know who’s getting in from the East, but Wisconsin is in the Big Ten Championship now no matter what happens against Minnesota. Of course, if the Badgers want to keep College Football Playoff hopes alive, they need to be impressive against the Gophers, but at least they’re one win next week away from the Rose Bowl, at worst. Iowa took care of that for Bucky.
Nebraska was literally limping in at quarterback
The Huskers just couldn’t do anything offensively. Tommy Armstrong was a sitting duck, and it showed as he tried to chuck for big throw after big throw since he couldn’t move on his injured leg. He only completed 13-of-35 passes for 125 yards with a score, and he only ran for 13 yards. Ryker Fyfe was available after suffering a broken hand last week, but he didn’t come in until late. Iowa loaded up against the run, and that was it.
The Iowa running game finally busted out
The Hawkeyes might not have ripped it up against Michigan, and it struggled against Wisconsin and Penn State, but the O line played better and better as the season rolled on, and against the Huskers it cranked out 262 rushing yards with LeShun Daniels and Akron Wadley each tearing off over 100 yards. It was the second-straight 262-yard rushing day from the offense, and now …
This turns into a fun season for Iowa
After the way last season ended, and with the loss to North Dakota State early and 5-4 start, to close out with three straight wins, the dropping of Michigan, and the win in the burgeoning rivalry with Nebraska makes the 8-4 season look a whole lot better than it did a month ago. It might not have been a 12-0 regular season like last year, but with this emphatic win, it was a successful year.
Nebraska might be disappointed, but it could be a different team when healthy
Wait until the bowl season to see the real Huskers again. Give them a month or so, and the quarterback situation will be stronger, the lines should be renewed, and this should be the team that looked so good throughout the first half of the season. There isn’t the firepower there to roar back when down, and the defense just couldn’t get off the field in the second half, but it was a tough stretch just to get into a position to stay alive for the Big Ten title. There wasn’t a running game against the Hawkeyes, and again, the passing game couldn’t click, but this was hardly indicative of the season Mike Riley’s team had after a disappointing first year. Even with the loss, this could be a ten-win season once everyone heals up.