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Game Day


Iowa (7-4) vs. Nebraska (8-3)

When: Friday, Nov. 28,

Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City

Kickoff: 11 a.m. CDT

Legendary former Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said a moral victory was like “kissing your sister.” If that holds true, by now, the Iowa Hawkeye football team might be labeled as borderline incestuous. Good Lord, when do the moral victories end for this team? Saturday’s irritatingly close loss (No. 179 or so under coach Kirk Ferentz’s watch) to No. 16 Wisconsin, 26-24, was another example of a team not ready for prime time. Knocking at the door? Maybe. Ready to take a stab at something other than slightly above mediocrity? No. So it’s on to this Saturday’s game against Nebraska. It could have been a huge one, this game, but following the Husker’s upset loss to Minnesota and Iowa’s performance of late, it’s not. Sure, there’s a rivalry there, and a win will be nice, but the Season of What Should Have Been won’t be remembered for anything other than a grand disappointment — like kissing your sister.


Iowa State (2-8) vs. West Virginia (6-5)

When: Saturday, Nov. 29

Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames

Kickoff: 11 a.m. CDT

What more can be said about the Iowa State Cyclone football team? Not much, really. Another weekend, another loss, this time to fellow bottom-feeder Texas Tech, 34-31, to drop to 2-8 on the season, including a giant goose egg in conference play. Rather than pile on here, though, I’m taking the high road this week. It’s not right to dwell on the negative every seven days. So, with a smile on my face and a cardinal and gold hankie on my desk (I have a cold), in honor of the holidays, here’s a list of what every Cyclone fan should be proud and thankful for when looking back on this season as they make one last trek to Jack Trice Stadium this Saturday to take on West Virginia. OK, here goes.

UNI (8-4) vs. SF Austin (8-4)

When: Saturday, Nov. 29

Where: UNI Dome, Cedar Falls

Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT

The hottest team in Iowa (that’s UNI, folks) kept on keeping on as running back David Johnson scampered for a career-high 205 yards and added three touchdowns to cap the Panthers’ regular season with a 38-24 win over Missouri State last weekend. With the win, UNI earned a berth in the Division I FCS playoffs against the Southland Conference’s Stephen F. Austin this Saturday. UNI currently holds a 6-3-0 lead in the all-time series between the two teams. The last time the two squads met, UNI came out victorious, 34-23 in Nacogdoches, Texas. UNI has won six of its last seven games, including five straight.

Ohio State (10-1) vs. Michigan (5-6)

When: Saturday, Nov. 29

Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Kickoff: 11 a.m. CDT

Why list this one? Why not? It’s Michigan/Ohio State, one of the classic, late-season matchups in the history of the pigskin. If there was one thing you could count on every year it was that this game would be a doozer, no matter where it was played. Until this year. There won’t be any kissing of sisters this year for the Wolverines. The only thing they’ll be kissing is Buckeye bottoms on their way to the endzone eight or nine times. CV

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