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Kirk Ferentz Comments On Iowa's Game vs. Nebraska

A closeup of Kirk Ferentz during an Iowa football game.

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes is seen on the sidelines during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The 8-3 Iowa Hawkeyes don't have a shot at reaching the Big Ten title game. But it's still been a successful season for head coach Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes. They'll look to take care of business against Nebraska on Friday.

For the Huskers, this game means everything. Nebraska is currently 5-6 and must beat Iowa on Friday to go bowling. Scott Frost needs to win on Saturday to avoid having back-to-back sub-.500 seasons.

Iowa is preparing to get Nebraska's best shot due to what's at stake. But Ferentz teaches his players to treat every game the same and to expect a tough fight.

"We try to teach our players to respect every opponent we play," Ferentz said, via

🗣 KF on last four games vs. Nebraska: "I go into every game thinking it's going to be a dog fight. That's what I remember from the last few contests." #Hawkeyes

— IowaFBLive (@IowaFBLive) November 26, 2019

">IowaFBLive. "We respect everybody we play and that's week in and week out ... I go into every game thinking it's going to be a dog fight. That's what I remember from the last few contests."

That's exactly the right type of mentality to have going into a rivalry game like Nebraska-Iowa. The Hawkeyes should win this game on paper. But rivalry games can bring about craziness.

The Hawkeyes have beaten the Huskers in four straight and five of the last six meetings. Ferentz will look to extend that streak to five straight wins on Friday.

Iowa-Nebraska kicks off this Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.