Matt Rhule refers to Iowa-Wisconsin game as 'beautiful' in analysis of B1G West
Matt Rhule has heard all about the narrative in the B1G West. However, he’s not giving it much thought as Nebraska looks to come off the bye week and secure a win in Week 8.
At his Monday press conference, Rhule was asked about the West and the idea that the division is in a down year. The head coach downplayed that idea and noted it feels like the Huskers face a good opponent each and every week.
Rhule even pushed back on the idea that the Iowa vs. Wisconsin matchup in Week 7 was an ugly game. Instead, he called it a beautiful defensive game of football.
“I think we face good teams each week. I think it’s a battle each week. I just think there’s always the narrative out there, like people watch the Iowa-Wisconsin game, and say it’s a bad football game or it’s an ugly football game. I think it’s a beautiful, defensive football game,” said Rhule. “I see a lot of teams that scored a lot of points early in the season in games this week and not score as many points as the year goes on and teams catch up and it gets a little colder.
“Iowa’s on its way to another great year, and people are making a big deal about how many points they score. They’re scoring one more than their opponents most games.”
For those that missed the game, Iowa beat Wisconsin 15-6 Saturday afternoon in Madison to capture the Heartland Trophy. Arguably the MVP of that performance was Hawkeye punter Tory Taylor for his punting clinic that included over 50 yards per punt in the win.
The B1G West might not be for everyone, but Rhule’s got no problem’s with the division.