Although the COVID-19 pandemic cost the Hawkeyes several games — including their final two of 2020 — it somehow managed to preserve one tradition that had been scheduled to change: The Black Friday matchup with Nebraska.
Originally, Iowa was supposed to play Wisconsin in the final game of 2020 and 2021. Some might say the rescheduling was a legendary display of leadership in an effort to maintain competitive balance for a showcase game that has been one-sided the past six years.
But after the conference went all-Big Ten for its delayed 2020 season, the shuffle left Iowa and Nebraska as dance partners again for the day after Thanksgiving, a game the Hawkeyes won 26-20 in Iowa City.
It seems the powers that be figured there was no need to break the streak at 10, since Iowa-Nebraska was already back on the docket for the 2022 finale and beyond.
Of course, there were other scheduling moves made, but that was the biggest. Here’s what else changed: