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Ferentz says Hawkeyes need to beat Huskers if Black Friday meeting is to become true rivalry

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    Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz reacts to a call against his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

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    Nebraska quarterback Ron Kellogg III (12) pass under pressure from Penn State defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (91) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (The Associated Press)

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    Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini yells from the sidelines during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (The Associated Press)

The so-called Iowa-Nebraska football rivalry has been one-sided.

The teams will meet Friday in Lincoln in the Heroes Game, which became another in a line of Big Ten trophy games when the Cornhuskers joined the conference in 2011.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz hopes his team can make the game a true rivalry, noting that it's been decades since the Hawkeyes last beat the Huskers. Nebraska has won two straight since playing Iowa as a Big Ten member and five in a row overall since losing 10-7 in Iowa City in 1981.

Iowa (7-4, 4-3) and Nebraska (8-3, 5-2) will be playing for second place in the Legends Division and for a best possible bowl destination. The winner would be in line for an Outback Bowl bid. The loser might go to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.