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Hawkeyes vs. Huskers will be Friday games


IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The first Big Ten football match up between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers will be Friday, November 25th, the day after Thanksgiving.

In a statement, Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta says, "Iowa playing Nebraska on any given weekend is a great match-up between two historic football programs.  Having the game on Thanksgiving Friday will add to the excitement and the potential for a strong national television audience."

The Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers announced Monday that both the 2011 contest, in Lincoln, and the 2012 game, in Iowa City, will be played on Friday. The teams will meet in Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 23, 2012.

The change in dates was recently approved by the Big Ten Conference Administrator's Council. Game times and television information are not finalized at this time.

Nebraska holds a 26-12-3 advantage in the series with the Hawkeyes. The two teams last met in 2000 in Lincoln. Nebraska has won the last three meetings, with Iowa's most recent win coming by a 10-7 margin in 1981. The teams have met just six times since 1946.

Iowa and Nebraska met eight consecutive years (1891-98) on Thanksgiving Day, with those eight games played in either Omaha or Council Bluffs.

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