New Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos may have been trying to set a rivalry game in stone on Monday.
While talking on Husker Sports Nightly, Moos said he considers Iowa a rival and has talked to the Big Ten about having the two football teams play each other to close the season on Black Friday. The two teams traditionally played then and will this year and next year, but that will change in 2019.
The change also means the Huskers won’t close their season on a Friday for the first time since 1990.
Bill Moos said he considers Iowa a rival and has talked to Big Ten about reinstating Hawkeyes as season-ending game on day after Thanksgiving. Minnesota will be that team for a couple of year.
— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) November 21, 2017
“I’m going to really push to establish Iowa as being our rival,” Moos told the the show. “We came into the Big Ten and we need a rivalry game, and I’ve already been to the Big Ten and talked to them about that so hopefully we can keep that Black Friday game and have that be Iowa each year.”
The two teams have met 47 times with the Huskers leading the series 29-15-3, but the Hawkeyes have won the last two including a 40-10 drubbing in Iowa City in 2016.
This year, both teams have struggled at times with the Hawkeyes owning a 6-5 record and the Huskers at 4-7.
They will play at 4 p.m. ET on Friday in Lincoln on FS1.