The Music City Bowl features a matchup of two teams with much to prove after both started out the season red hot but faded down the stretch.
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For now, Ohio State is our only lock to make the playoff, but there is an opportunity for another Big Ten team.
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With Mark Helfrich's firing, Oregon's top 30 recruiting class is now in limbo. The Ducks have 14 commitments, the No. 27 class in the RecruitingNation national rankings and three ESPN 300 commitments. The highest-ranked recruits in Oregon's class are No. 14 athlete Jaylon Redd of Rancho Cucamonga (California) High School and No. 6 tight end Tre' McKitty of Bradenton (Florida) IMG Academy. Both Redd and McKitty will be prospects other schools will surely attempt to lure away with the coaching change. Redd picked Oregon over Nebraska and UCLA, while McKitty picked the Ducks over Florida State and Florida.
Cornhuskers, Gators for Outback
Nebraska is ticketed to the Outback Bowl per projections from both Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach. Their opponent would be Florida, assuming the Gators don't pull off the upset in Saturday's SEC title game. Bowl projections
Nebraska coach Mike Riley announced special teams coordinator Bruce Read's dismissal Sunday after the Cornhuskers underperformed on special teams all season.
Ohio State is the top team in the Big Ten. Michigan is No. 2. Neither will be playing in the conference title game.
Michigan was narrowly defeated by rival Ohio State and now owns two losses. But it's not time to count the Wolverines, who sit at No. 5 in this week's Power Rankings, out of the playoff hunt.
Iowa defensive tackle Faith Ekakitie said he was the target of racial slurs from a Nebraska offensive lineman whom Ekakitie declined to name during postgame interviews.
After strong start, Nebraska struggles
Over the course of the Cornhuskers' last five games, their productivity has declined significantly.
C.J. Beathard threw three touchdown passes and Iowa pummeled No. 16 Nebraska 40-10 on Friday, knocking the Cornhuskers out of Big Ten title contention.
Iowa takes commanding lead vs. Nebraska
QB C.J. Beathard finds George Kittle on a crossing route for a six-yard TD catch. It was Beathard's third TD pass of the day, giving the Hawkeyes a 33-10 lead.
Iowa extends lead over No. 16 Nebraska
George Kittle catches the pass, takes a hard hit, but gets in the end zone for a 1-yard TD. The Hawkeyes lead 26-3 early in the third quarter.
Iowa running all over No. 16 Nebraska
LeShun Daniels Jr. breaks loose for a 57-yard run to the Nebraska 8-yard line. Two plays later, Daniels Jr. punched it in for a 4-yard score. The Hawkeyes now lead 20-3.
Iowa strikes again with 77-yard TD pass
C.J. Beathard finds Riley McCarron up the middle, who wins a footrace down the sideline for a 77-yard TD to increase the Hawkeyes' lead over Nebraska to 13-0.
Iowa strikes first with 75-yard TD run
Akrum Wadley makes a couple of moves, then breaks loose for a 75-yard touchdown. After the PAT was blocked, the Hawkeyes lead 6-0 over No. 16 Nebraska on ABC.
Nebraska @ Tennessee Volunteers
Nissan Stadium - Fri 12/30