LINCOLN — Nebraska and Iowa's annual Big Ten football game is back on Black Friday for at least two more years, NU athletic director Shawn Eichorst announced Tuesday.
“The Big Ten Conference Administrators Council approved the request for the Nebraska-Iowa Heroes Game to remain on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 2013 and 2014,” Eichorst said. “Playing on the day after Thanksgiving is a great Nebraska football tradition that we look forward to continuing.”
This year's game will be on Nov. 29. The kickoff time hasn't been determined, although ABC — which has broadcast all of Nebraska's day after Thanksgiving games — typically uses an 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. start time for the game.
The Huskers beat Iowa in 2011 and 2012 on the day after Thanksgiving. After the 2012 game, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta intimated that the Hawkeyes might explore moving the game to a traditional Saturday placement.
But the Friday slot allows for prime exposure on ABC national television. Nebraska has played a game on the day after Thanksgiving since 1990. NU played Oklahoma from that year until 1995, Colorado 1996-2010, and Iowa in 2011 and 2012.