Although Iowa’s Black Friday series with Nebraska was canceled by the Big Ten, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta still has his mind set on Iowa football playing on Black Friday.
Instead of ending the season with the Cornhuskers, Barta’s proposal is that the Hawkeyes’ season will end with Wisconsin.
“I’ll approach Barry [Alvarez, Wisconsin’s athletic director] and the Big Ten,” Barta said on the Hawkeyes’ pregame radio show. “I’m going to make the request at some point. That’s how we feel about it at Iowa.”
Iowa and Nebraska have played on Black Friday since the Cornhuskers entered the Big Ten in the 2011 season. They are scheduled to do so until the 2019 season.
The Big Ten recently released the conference schedules for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Iowa was shifted from playing Nebraska on Black Friday to playing Wisconsin on Saturday in those two seasons.
Originally, playing on Black Friday was a Nebraska tradition. That tradition was brought to Iowa in the form of the Cornhuskers playing the Hawkeyes the day after Thanksgiving. Now it seems coach Kirk Ferentz and Barta liked playing on Black Friday so much, they’re willing to do so with Wisconsin.
A Black Friday game against Wisconsin also could make the Badgers more of a primary rival for the Hawkeyes, something Iowa and Nebraska never fully embraced as conference foes.