By Will Cummings
The recent decision by the Big Ten brass to place the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the same division was a move made in heaven for football fans around these parts of the country. Having spent time in both Nebraska and Iowa, there is no mystery—based on my observations–that Iowa and Nebraska football fans are not particularly fond of one another: In general, Iowans seem to think that the Husker fans are full of themselves and living on past glory, while the Husker fans outright dismiss Iowa football as being of any significance in their eyes due to their futility in head-to-head competition against them and in collecting national championship hardware.
Iowa vs. Nebraska Football History Since 1891
Historically, things have not gone well for Iowa football teams in their head-to-head contest against the Huskers: Nebraska leads the series with a record of 26-12-3. But the overwhelming majority of those games occurred prior to 1946. And the earliest of those meetings dates all the way back to 189l. That first battle was waged in Omaha, where Iowa walloped Nebraska 20-0. However, after the 1946 game–a 21-7 Iowa victory–the two teams did not meet up again until 1979, when Nebraska escaped from Iowa City with a close-fought 24-21 victory. The Hawkeyes and Huskers have only met five other times since ‘79. During that span, the Hawkeyes are a dismal 1-4 against their neighbors to the West. As illustrated in the table below–Iowa suffered severe beatings by Nebraska football teams:
|Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers|
Head-to-Head Game Record
|Year||Nebraska pts.||Iowa pts.||Location|
|1979||Nebraska 24||Iowa 21||Iowa City|
|1980||Nebraska 57||Iowa 0||Lincoln|
|1981||Nebraska 7||Iowa 10||Iowa City|
|1982||Nebraska 42||Iowa 7||Lincoln|
|1999||Nebraska 42||Iowa 7||Iowa City|
|2000||Nebraska 42||Iowa 13||Lincoln|
So there you have it.
Based on the record between the two football teams, Nebraska fans have every reason to be dismissive towards Iowa Hawkeyes football. As for the Hawkeyes fans, perhaps they are suffering more from an inferiority complex and a touch of envy when it comes to their feeling about the Huskers. Sure, Husker fans may be full of themselves—but don’t they have every right to be?
The above data appearing in this article was collected from the College Football Data Warehouse.
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