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Iowa-Nebraska Black Fridays return in 2022

Hiatus of season-ending aspect of series will last just two years

Iowa's Boone Myers blocks Nebraska's Freedom Akinmoladun at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Iowa's Boone Myers blocks Nebraska's Freedom Akinmoladun at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The Black Friday part of the Iowa-Nebraska football rivalry will have just a two-year blackout, then will resume into the indefinite future.

The Big Ten announced its football schedules for 2022-25 Wednesday. Closing the conference season each of those years is a day-after-Thanksgiving Iowa-Nebraska game.

Other notes: Iowa will open the 2021 season with a Big Ten game, against Indiana at Kinnick Stadium.

The Hawkeyes will face Rutgers in five of the next seven seasons, including the last four of those.

In 2020, Iowa will meet East powers Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State in successive weeks, the latter two on the road.

Iowa plays Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State three times each in the seven seasons after this one, and Michigan State twice.

The Hawkeyes have two November bye weeks in 2025.

Iowa has added nonconference home games against Kent State (2001), FCS South Dakota State and Illinois State (2022 and 2024, respectively) and Northern Illinois (2025).

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Here are Iowa’s known scheduled games through 2025. Additional nonconference games from 2022 to 2025 are still to be added. 

2019

Aug. 31 — Miami (Ohio)

Sept. 7 — Rutgers

Sept. 14 — at Iowa State

Sept. 21 — Open

Sept. 28 — Middle Tennessee State

Oct. 5 — at Michigan

Oct. 12 — Penn State

Oct. 19 — Purdue (HC)

Oct. 26 — at Northwestern

Nov. 2 — Open

Nov. 9 — at Wisconsin

Nov. 16 — Minnesota (FW)

Nov. 23 — Illinois

Nov. 29 — at Nebraska

2020

Sept. 5 — Northern Iowa

Sept. 12 — Iowa State

Sept. 19 — at Minnesota

Sept. 26 — Northern Illinois

Oct. 3 — Michigan State

Oct. 10 — at Ohio State

Oct. 17 — at Penn State

Oct. 24 — Northwestern

Nov. 7 — at Illinois

Nov. 14 — Nebraska

Nov. 21 — at Purdue

Nov. 28 — Wisconsin

2021

Sept. 4 — Indiana

Sept. 11 — at Iowa State

Sept. 18 — Kent State

Sept. 25 — Colorado State

Oct. 2 — at Northwestern

Oct. 9 — Penn State

Oct. 23 — at Maryland

Oct. 30 — Purdue

Nov. 6 — at Nebraska

Nov. 13 — Minnesota

Nov. 20 — Illinois

Nov. 27 — at Wisconsin

2022

TBD — * Iowa State

Sept. 17 — South Dakota State

Sept. 24 — at Minnesota

Oct. 1 — Michigan

Oct. 8 — at Purdue

Oct. 15 — at Ohio State

Oct. 22 — Open

Oct. 29 — Northwestern

Nov. 5 — at Rutgers

Nov. 12 — at Illinois

Nov. 19 — Wisconsin

Nov. 25 — Nebraska

2023

TBD — Iowa State

Sept. 23 — Purdue

Sept. 30 — at Wisconsin

Oct. 7 — Rutgers

Oct. 14 — at Northwestern

Oct. 21 — Michigan State

Oct. 28 — at Penn State

Nov. 4 — Minnesota

Nov. 11 — Open

Nov. 18 — Illinois

Nov. 24 — at Nebraska

2024

TBD — * Iowa State

Aug. 31 — Illinois State

Sept. 28 — at Purdue

Oct. 5 — Northwestern

Oct. 12 — at Rutgers

Oct. 19 — at Illinois

Oct. 26 — Maryland

Nov. 2 — at Indiana

Nov. 9 — Open

Nov. 16 — at Minnesota

Nov. 23 — Wisconsin

Nov. 29 — Nebraska

2025

TBD — Iowa State

Sept. 13 — Northern Illinois

Sept. 20 — at Wisconsin

Sept. 27 — Ohio State

Oct. 4 — Illinois

Oct. 11 — Minnesota

Oct. 18 — at Northwestern

Oct. 25 — at Michigan

Nov. 1 — Open

Nov. 8 — Purdue

Nov. 15 — Open

Nov. 22 — Rutgers

Nov. 28 — at Nebraska

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