Some argue the Iowa Hawkeyes don't have the history to be Nebraska's rival.
Others dislike the east side of the Missouri River enough to overcome that.
Iowa fans surely hold some animosity, too.
But nobody took the game as seriously as the 1891 Omaha World-Herald sports department.
While we don't have a recap of the game — a 22-0 Iowa victory — there was a story previewing the matchup. And it was intense.
"A game of football will be played at the base ball park at 3 p.m. Thanksgiving day. The contesting teams will be the State University of Nebraska eleven and the state university of Iowa eleven," The World-Herald wrote.
"They play here on neutral ground and the contest will be for blood."
The Hawkeyes were the first team Nebraska played not named Doane or Omaha YMCA, and a large fan turnout was expected.
"All other games for the day have been declared off, so that this game will be the great attraction for the afternoon," the article continued. "It is expected there will be a large delegation from the Bluffs to back the Iowa champions, and Omaha promises to give the Nebraska boys a good turnout."
Of course, Nebraska was in just its second year as a program. The sport looked nearly nothing like it does today, and fan interest seemed bizarre.
"Football is attracting unusual interest in the east this fall, and those who know (say) the western universities are giving a good exhibition of the game."
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On one of his school-record 38 carries against Iowa in 2011, Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead leaps over Hawkeye tacklers, including Shaun Prater from Omaha Central. The Huskers won 20-7.
Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch passed only 13 times against Iowa in 2000, but came away with 10 completions, 159 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns in a 42-13 victory.
Nebraska defender Tony Ortiz scoops up an Iowa fumble during the Huskers' 42-7 win in 1999.
As Nebraska came from behind, so did NU linebacker Brent Williams in his pursuit of Iowa's Dennis Mosley, but look closely and you'll see the arm of another Husker grasping at Mosley's jersey by the chest number. That arm belongs to back Mark LeRoy, and it held Mosley to a 5-yard gain and forced Iowa to punt in a 24-21 NU victory in 1979.
Hermie Rohrig split the Iowa line for the first of Nebraska's two scores in 1938's 14-0 win.
The top photo shows Nebraska's Boswell downed after an eight-yard gain, while the bottom photo shows NU's Miller running into a pair of Hawkeye defenders during the Huskers' 14-13 win in 1932.
The 1914 Nebraska football team defeated Iowa 16-7. Rutherford, pictured next to coach Ewald O. "Jumbo" Stiehm, played with a broken shoulder.
The 1913 Nebraska squad shutout Iowa 12-0. Captain Purdy, in his final game, scored NU's second touchdown on a dive over the goal line.
The Huskers got their second 17-6 win over the Hawkeyes in as many seasons.
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25 (tie), Texas Tech, 11 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 7-4
25 (tie), Oregon State, 11 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 9-2
22 (tie), Baylor, 12 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 11-1
22 (tie), Miami, 12 games
All-time record: Tied 6-6
22 (tie), Syracuse, 12 games
All-time record: Syracuse leads 7-5
19 (tie), Northwestern, 13 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 8-5
19 (tie), Wisconsin, 13 games
All-time record: Wisconsin leads 9-4
All-time record: Nebraska leads 7-6
17 (tie), Texas A&M, 14 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 10-4
17 (tie), Texas, 14 games
All-time record: Texas leads 10-4
15 (tie), Illinois, 16 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 12-3-1
15 (tie), Notre Dame, 16 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 8-7-1
13 (tie), Penn State, 17 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads series 9-8
13 (tie), South Dakota, 17 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 14-1-2
All-time record: Nebraska leads 16-2
All-time record: Indiana leads 9-8-3
All-time record: Pittsburgh leads 15-6-3
9, Oklahoma State, 43 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 37-5-1
All-time record: Nebraska leads 29-17-3
All-time record: Minnesota leads 33-25-2
All-time record: Nebraska leads 49-20-2
All-time record: Oklahoma leads 45-38-3
4, Kansas State, 95 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 78-15-2
All-time record: Nebraska leads 65-36-3
All-time record: Nebraska leads 86-17-2
All-time record: Nebraska leads 91-23-3