Nebraska-Iowa

The season-ending Nebraska-Iowa football game will return in 2022.

The Big Ten released its conference schedules for 2022-2025, including Nebraska’s nine-game slates for those years. Five quick takes that immediately jump out:

1. Black Friday is back. In 2022, Nebraska and Iowa will start playing again on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Expect that tradition to last for a long time unless Iowa’s new coach really balks at it — and one day Iowa will indeed have a person roaming the sidelines whose name is not Kirk Ferentz. There are advantages and disadvantages to doing it, but at the end of the day it’s back, it’s tradition and most Husker fans like that.

2. A heavy dose of Scott Frost vs. Jim Harbaugh. Neat stuff. Nebraska and Michigan will pair off as crossover opponents for four straight years. Ohio State has been and will continue to be that team for awhile. Husker fans haven’t loved that — OSU has kicked the crap out of NU in recent years — but Michigan probably fits just about the same.

3. Big Ten season openers in 2023 and 2025. Nebraska will travel to Minnesota on Sept. 2, 2023 and to Illinois on Aug. 30, 2025. Reporters will ask Bill Moos on Thursday why NU agreed to play conference season-opener road games two times in four years. Watch for those games to be flexed to a Thursday night, too.

4. The 2024 schedule is laughably hard on paper. At Michigan, Ohio State and at Penn State in consecutive weeks. Road games at Iowa and Wisconsin — in November — to boot. OSU and PSU only show up on NU’s regular-season schedule one time from 2022-25. Ditto for Michigan State. Instead, it’s a heavier diet of Rutgers and Indiana.

5. The 2025 schedule is very easy on paper. Not quite as soft as 2016, but close. Rutgers and Indiana as crossover foes with Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa all at home.

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