Future Big Ten schedules have Nebraska-Iowa football staying on the Friday after Thanksgiving at least through 2019, so the timing of the game and proximity of the programs will do their part in fueling a potential rivalry.
Is it a rivarlry?
“I mean, it’s a very fairly new rivalry, if you want to call it that, so I don’t know,” NU linebacker Michael Rose said Monday. “It could be, I think. Both teams are pretty competitive, pretty consistent with their approach. Geographically it makes sense.”
This Friday will be the third Husker-Hawkeye meeting since Nebraska joined the Big Ten. With the Legends Division title already claimed by Michigan State, this one will be for nothing more than bragging rights and bowl position.
Nebraska has won the most recent two games to go with a 5-1 record against the Hawkeyes between 1979 and 2000. Overall, NU holds a 28-12-3 edge.
“We want to make it a good game every year,” NU I-back Ameer Abdullah said. “This is a new rivalry, but being border states you can really feel it growing more and more each year. I’m just happy I’m a part of it and hopefully we can bring the Heroes Trophy to Lincoln again this week.”
So if you’re playing for something ….
“There’s a trophy, so I guess it’s a rivalry,” NU quarterback Ron Kellogg said. “I didn’t know it was. I’ll just assume it’s a rivalry for your columns you have to write. So, yeah, it’s a rivalry.”