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Comparing The Schedules For Iowa, Nebraska In 2018

Iowa football walk out onto the field.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes get set to walk on the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Let's take a look at the 2018 football schedules for both Iowa and Nebraska.

The Big Ten West rivals will face off on November 23 in the final game of the regular season. Iowa continues along under longtime head coach Kirk Ferentz, while Nebraska welcomes a fresh new face on the sideline: former Husker quarterback and UCF head coach Scott Frost.

But what about the 11 games leading up to next year's contest? Let's take a look at which team has the harder slate.

Iowa's three non-conference opponents are Northern Illinois, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa. Nebraska, meanwhile, has Akron, Colorado, and Troy.



Week 1

Northern Illinois


Week 2

Iowa State


Week 3

Northern Iowa


Week 4


at Michigan

Week 5



Week 6

at Minnesota

at Wisconsin

Week 7

at Indiana

at Northwestern

Week 8



Week 9

at Penn State


Week 10

at Purdue

at Ohio State

Week 11



Week 12

at Illinois

Michigan State

Week 13


at Iowa

The Hawkeyes get Big Ten East crossover opponents Indiana, Maryland, and Penn State. Nebraska gets Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State. Verdict: Nebraska has the harder schedule here. The Huskers challenge themselves with two bowl teams in non-conference play, including a very dangerous Troy team, as well as Colorado which is no longer a pushover, and gets three of the four best Big Ten East teams. Still, hopes will be high with Frost back in Lincoln.