The numbers are out there.
Two-and-a-half months ago, Iowa beat Nebraska 40-10 to close out the regular season. On Wednesday, it was announced that Iowa had four players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine while Nebraska only had two.
Journal Star columnist Steve Sipple got an interview with Nebraska executive director of player personnel Billy Devaney on Wednesday after that news surfaced. The topic of talent was discussed.
In the interview, Devaney admitted that when Nebraska stepped on to the field at Ohio State, he knew the Huskers were in trouble.
But did he feel that Nebraska lacked talent in any of their other three losses?
“You know what, there really weren’t any others,” Devaney told the Journal Star. “Wisconsin, obviously, was a pretty balanced team, but it was a good matchup. The Iowa game, that was bullsh–. There was no way in the world that should have happened…”
For what it’s worth, Wisconsin was an overtime loss. And those suggesting that Nebraska didn’t match Tennessee’s talent in the Music City Bowl should remember that the Huskers were without Tommy Armstrong, Jordan Westerkamp and Nate Gerry.
But Iowa fans might disagree with Devaney’s assessment of the regular-season finale. The Hawkeyes finished that day with a 264-90 rushing yards advantage and never trailed. Unlike the year before, Iowa didn’t even need Nebraska turnovers to fuel the victory.
The blowout result did, however, follow consecutive one-possession games between the two teams. And it’s worth mentioning that Nebraska had four players drafted last year while Iowa only had one.
Still, Devaney’s comments won’t make him a popular man in Iowa City.