Take a deep breath, Cornhuskers faithful. Friday football games to end the season may be here to stay after all.
In an official statement on Thursday from Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst, he had this to say regarding the most recent Big Ten schedule released to the public for the 2020 and 2021 seasons:
“I want to clarify Nebraska’s position regarding the dates of our season-ending football games in 2020 and 2021 as announced earlier this week by the Big Ten Conference. At this time no final decision has been made on what dates these two games will actually be played. As in past years, the Big Ten releases opponent matchups and typically assigns these match-ups to Saturday. That has been the case in the past when we agreed to move our season ending games against Iowa from Saturday to Friday.
“Moving forward we will do everything possible to maintain our tradition of playing games on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We look forward to playing Iowa on the Friday after Thanksgiving through 2019.”
Granted, the 2020 and 2021 season-ending games aren’t set in stone, which is a good thing for Cornhuskers fans everywhere. But, as of now, Mike Riley’s bunch is slated to face Minnesota on a Saturday to end both regular seasons.
When Nebraska moved from the Big 12 to the Big Ten in 2011, the Cornhuskers have finished their seasons against Iowa every single year and on a Friday, not a Saturday. The Friday season-ending tradition began in 1990, and up until the 2019 season, the Friday finale against Iowa will continue to take place.
In 2020 and 2021, however, it seems as though anything is possible.