5 Questions: Iowa

BRR talks with HawkeyeInsider's Rob Howe about the Heroes Game.

1.) It's obvious watching the Hawkeyes they are an improved team from a year ago, but where do you see the biggest improvements?

"On offense, there's a better feel for the new coaches on staff, especially offensive coordinator Greg Davis. The players know what's expected and what's needed in the system. The coaches have an improved handle on personnel.

Second, the D-Line matured. It's kept blockers off a talented group of linebackers and done a much better job of containment.

Lastly, Iowa has been pretty healthy. That's usually a key around here."

2.) Jake Rudock has done a nice job in his first-year as Iowa's QB, but what bothers him as a quarterback? When teams have had success, what are they doing to cause it?

"Pressure. Ruduck has thrown several picks this year with a guy in his face where he's trying to just get rid of it. While mobile, he's not the best at avoiding the rush, especially if it comes from the middle of the line. His ability to throw accurately deep also is in question still."

3.) A player Nebraska fans won't likely know on Iowa's roster but should and why?

"I'll go with Tevaun Smith. The true sophomore hasn't been a focal point of the offense but he's come up with some huge catches this season, not the least of which was his long TD in the first drive if the second half against Michigan. Rudock is becoming more comfortable with him and he's an intriguing combination of size and speed with reliable hands."

4.) Do the Iowa players consider this a rivalry? Do the fans?

"I think both do in their own way. The players know there's a trophy and a nationally televised game. Many of the Iowa faithful seem to have some connection to a Huskers fan. I think both fan bases are as passionate as they come in college football. We just need some more defining moments in the series."

5.) Your biggest three keys to the game and score prediction.

1) Winning the turnover battle.

2) Slowing down Abdullah.

3) Scoring touchdowns not field goals in the red zone.

Nebraska 16, Iowa 13

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