Sunday, September 5, 2010

Could 2011 bring a Black and Blue Friday for Nebraska and Iowa?

Nebraska has traditionally played its last game of the season on a Friday since 1990 (if you can call anything that recent a tradition). First against Oklahoma, then against Colorado in 1996, after the Big Eight became the Big 12.
Now with Nebraska joining the Big Ten, the question arises if the Friday season finale will continue. Iowa is scheduled to be the Cornhuskers' opponent in 2011 and 2012, with the date of the 2011 game listed as November 26 (a Saturday) on Nebraska's website. Gary Barta, the athletic director for Iowa says no discussions have taken place on the matter.
If Iowa becomes the a season-ending conference rivalry game for Nebraska, playing the game on a Friday might be a plus for the Big Ten. With Ohio State and Michigan playing on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a potential regular matchup between the 'Huskers and Hawkeyes could end up as competition for "The Game." Playing it on Black Friday would solve any possible scheduling problems that might happen if both were played on the same day.
Nebraska's Friday season-ending game is a tradition worth keeping for the Big Ten. It keeps it out of the way of Ohio St.-Michigan, and gives football fans a reason to avoid the malls on Black Friday. Whether it be with Iowa or another big-time opponent (Penn St.-Nebraska would be a huge season-ender itself), it will end up a huge event that deserves the spotlight for itself.

(via The Gazette (Cedar Rapids,IA.)

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