Nebraska’s Black Friday rivalry game with Iowa will return in 2022

Nebraska’s Black Friday rivalry game with Iowa will return in 2022
Nebraska is 3-4 against Iowa since it joined the Big Ten in 2011. (JULIA NAGY/THE WORLD-HERALD)

A prolonged rivalry with Michigan and a return to Black Friday tradition against Iowa are two highlights for Nebraska as the Big Ten unveiled Wednesday its conference football schedules for 2022-25.

The Husker slates also include a pair of league road games to open seasons at Minnesota on Sept. 2, 2023 and at Illinois on Aug. 30, 2025. The 2023 schedule — with a nonconference game at Colorado for the second week — features the Huskers’ first road opener since 1999 and the first time they play two away contests to start a campaign since 1995.

Nebraska and Michigan will get to know each other better into the next decade after a five-year drought of matching up ends in September. Two of college football’s winningest programs meet again every year from 2021 through at least 2025, although The Athletic reports the protected crossover game will continue through 2027. The schools will meet at Memorial Stadium in 2021, 2023 and 2025.

The Huskers will also conclude their regular seasons against Iowa well into the future. The teams have played on Black Friday since Nebraska joined the league in 2011 and will do so in 2018 and 2019. NU will play Minnesota on those dates in 2020 and 2021.

On paper, the 2024 schedule stands out as particularly brutal. The crossover games are at Michigan, against Ohio State and at Penn State — all in October. That slate also includes away games at Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Crossover opponents in other years appear more manageable: at Rutgers, Indiana and at Michigan in 2022; Michigan, Maryland and at Michigan State in 2023 and Michigan, at Indiana, Rutgers in 2025.

Along with Nebraska-Michigan, the Big Ten’s other protected crossovers from 2022-27 are Wisconsin-Ohio State, Iowa-Rutgers, Minnesota-Michigan State, Northwestern-Maryland and Illinois-Penn State.

Below are the Huskers’ known schedules for 2022-25, though some future dates remain to be determined:

2022

Sept. 3 North Dakota

Sept. 10 Georgia Southern

Sept. 17 Oklahoma

Sept. 24 at Rutgers

Oct. 1 Indiana

Oct. 8 at Northwestern

Oct. 15 at Michigan

Oct. 22 Minnesota

Nov. 5 at Wisconsin

Nov. 12 Purdue

Nov. 19 Illinois

Nov. 25 (Fri.) at Iowa

2023

Sept. 2 at Minnesota

Sept. 9 at Colorado

Sept. 16 Northern Illinois

Sept. 30 Northwestern

Oct. 7 at Illinois

Oct. 14 Michigan

Oct. 21 Wisconsin

Nov. 4 at Purdue

Nov. 11 Maryland

Nov. 18 at Michigan State

Nov. 24 (Fri.) Iowa

2024

Aug. 31 South Dakota

Sept. 7 Colorado

Sept. 21 Minnesota

Sept. 28 at Northwestern

Oct. 5 at Michigan

Oct. 12 Ohio State

Oct. 26 at Penn State

Nov. 9 Illinois

Nov. 16 at Wisconsin

Nov. 23 Purdue

Nov. 29 (Fri.) at Iowa

2025

Aug. 30 at Illinois

Sept. 27 Michigan

Oct. 4 Wisconsin

Oct. 11 Northwestern

Oct. 25 at Indiana

Nov. 1 at Minnesota

Nov. 8 Rutgers

Nov. 22 at Purdue

Nov. 28 (Fri.) Iowa

Akron at Nebraska

When: 7 p.m. Saturday (2 p.m. Pregame)

Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln

Radio: 103.1 FM

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