IOWA CITY — Nebraska’s Black Friday football tradition became Iowa’s two-year experiment. In the end, the border schools together decided to make the date permanent toward forming a rivalry.
Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta told The Gazette on Wednesday the schools will petition the Big Ten to play every season on Black Friday. The schools’ first two meetings in Big Ten play were played on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Nebraska won both games: 20-7 in 2011 and 13-7 last year.
“Our experience with it has been positive,” Barta said. “When we went into it, the reason we limited it to two years is because Nebraska has had Friday-after-Thanksgiving games for a long time in their history, and we had never done anything like that on our campus. We wanted to make sure that it worked.”
Nebraska had played on Black Friday every year since 1990. Its first six meetings were against Oklahoma, then Colorado from 1996 through 2010. After two seasons, Barta decided the trial was worth extending into the future.
“There’s some disadvantages, but overall it’s been great,” Barta said. “Nebraska and I have talked. (Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is) on board. So it’s something that both schools have recommended to the conference that we continue, and we have recommended that we continue it indefinitely.”
Iowa and Nebraska are slated to play Nov. 29 in Lincoln, pending approval by the Big Ten’s administrators council.
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