The first of those meetings will take place at Memorial
Stadium in Lincoln on Nov. 25, 2011. The Huskers' first trip to Iowa City for a
Big Ten Conference game will be played on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.
The change in dates was recently approved by the Big Ten
Conference's Administrator's Council. A game time and television coverage
information for the 2011 game in Lincoln will be available at a later date.
The announcement continues a long Nebraska tradition of
playing on the day after Thanksgiving. The 2011 season will mark the
22nd straight year Nebraska has played on the day after Thanksgiving.
"I think our fans have enjoyed the tradition of playing on
the day after Thanksgiving, and we are pleased the Big Ten Conference has
allowed us to continue to do so," Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said.
"The University of Iowa is a natural opponent to play on that day, and we look
forward to great matchups between the two schools for years to
Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini said he expects the Nebraska-Iowa
matchup to be a good fit for the Thanksgiving weekend matchup.
"Obviously, I have the philosophy that you show up and play
when and where the schedule dictates," Pelini said. "That being said, playing
the day after Thanksgiving has been good for our program in terms of national
exposure, and we look forward to that continuing as we move into the Big Ten
Conference. We have a lot of respect for Iowa's football program and these games
should be a good showcase for the league."
The Nebraska-Iowa game will be played annually as the border
schools are both in the Big Ten Legends Division. The Huskers and Hawkeyes last
met on the gridiron in a home-and-home series in 1999 and 2000, with Nebraska
winning both matchups. Nebraska holds a 26-12-3 advantage in the all-time series
between the two schools.
Quotes from University of Iowa
Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta: "Iowa playing Nebraska on any given weekend is a great
matchup between two historic football programs. Having the game on Thanksgiving
Friday will add to the excitement and the potential for a strong national
Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz: "Our staff and players are excited to begin competing with Nebraska the day after Thanksgiving this season and in 2012. College football played on this day has a well-established rivalry history, and we feel it will be a great opportunity for our program to join in a new chapter of Big Ten Conference history. These Friday games should help create great atmosphere, both in Lincoln this fall and in Kinnick Stadium in 2012."
· The post-Thanksgiving holiday meeting will have a historical tie for Nebraska and Iowa. The schools met eight consecutive years on Thanksgiving Day between 1891 and 1898. All of those games were played in either Omaha or Council Bluffs.
· The 2011 season will mark the third straight season Nebraska has played on the Friday after Thanksgiving without a bye the previous week. Nebraska had a bye before each of the Thanksgiving Friday games between 1990 and 2008.