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Nebraska's AD Is 'Working' To Make A Popular Change To Nebraska's Schedule

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game.

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

For a while now, Nebraska football has played games on the Friday after Thanksgiving. During the program's time in the Big 12, Oklahoma and Colorado were the standard match-ups for the Huskers. In the Big Ten, Iowa has become the annual rivalry game for that date.

The Big Ten was set to undo that in the next few years, however. The 2020-2021 Thanksgiving week games are scheduled against Minnesota. They were originally scheduled to be played on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Iowa is now playing Wisconsin that weekend during those two games. However, both schools clearly want to return to playing each other on "Black Friday."

Recently, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said he spoke to his Nebraska counterpart Bill Moos about the issue. Both sides seemed interested in pushing the Big Ten to get the schedule back to the way it has been.

“We were at a meeting at the time, and at one of the meetings, he just pulled me aside and asked where I stood and where [football coach] Kirk [Ferentz] stood,” Barta, Iowa’s athletic director, recalled after the first day of the Big Ten’s spring meetings wrapped up early Monday evening.

“And we said we always like, and still like, that Friday matchup. We love playing Nebraska in that series.

“So who knows? No updates. It isn’t done, but it’s something that Kirk and I remain interested in.”

Now, Bill Moos has made a big announcement about the 2020 and 2021 Nebraska football schedules.

Those two Minnesota games are being moved up to Friday. From there, Moos hopes to get Iowa back as an annual Black Friday game.

That may not be all that changes for the Big Ten. Earlier this week, Moos hinted at a large change to help the Big Ten guarantee a spot in the College Football Playoff.

It is unclear to what he is referring. However, the prevailing theory is a move back to an eight-game league schedule.

The Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 have all missed at least one College Football Playoff. All play nine-game conference schedules.

The ACC and SEC are four-for-four in making the playoff, with the SEC getting five teams in the field in four years. Those leagues play eight conference games each.