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Nebraska Cornhuskers

No. 3 Iowa's perfect mark, playoff hopes on line at Nebraska

This dream season is starting to get real for third-ranked Iowa.

Now that the Hawkeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) have moved up to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, destiny is in their hands.

Get win No. 12 at Nebraska on Friday and No. 13 next week in the Big Ten championship game, and the Hawkeyes will have made a strong case to be in a national semifinal.

First things first, though. Nebraska (5-6, 3-4) is better than its record looks, and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has made sure his team knows it.

The Huskers have won three of four meetings with Iowa since they joined the Big Ten in 2011, and their first season under Mike Riley looked like a bust because...