Black Friday football has been a short-term tradition for Iowa.
At Nebraska, taking the field on the day after Thanksgiving has been annual occurrence since 1989.
The Cornhuskers played Oklahoma and Colorado then as members of the Big Eight and Big 12 conferences, then carried that over against Iowa when joining the Big Ten in 2011.
That rivalry will move to other dates in 2020 and 2021 as part of a new season-ending rotation that is part of Big Ten football schedules for those years unveiled by the Big Ten on Tuesday.
Iowa will play Wisconsin and Nebraska closes with Minnesota in those two years, part of what is likely to become a rotation of match-ups between the four schools on the final week of the season.
With the change, it is likely the Cornhuskers will no longer play on Black Friday and coach Mike Riley is fine with that.
“I do not like to get out of the routine of what we do week to week to get ready for a game, so changing that is no fun for me because you always have a mystery of where your team is physically in what you need to do, and what you need to do in the actual preparation part of it,’’ Riley told the Lincoln Journal Star.
The school’s director of athletics Shawn Eichorst said the shift to a Saturday finale is also in line with the athletic department’s preference to not play any games on Friday, although Nebraska will do that on Sept. 29 when it opens Big Ten play at Illinois.
Eichorst told the Journal Star “it makes sense from a student-athlete health, safety and welfare perspective to play on Saturday at the end of the regular season.’’
Replacement game: Indiana will host Charleston Southern on Oct. 7, a game scheduled Tuesday after this week’s game against Florida International was cancelled because of logistical issues caused by Hurricane Irma.
Florida International remained in Birmingham, Alabama after playing Alcorn State there on Friday, but classes at the Miami school have been canceled this week as clean-up from the storm begins. This year’s game has actually been rescheduled for Aug. 31, 2024.
Another Florida team, Florida Atlantic, remained in Wisconsin following its game Saturday with the Badgers and started its weekly practices on the Madison campus.
Back to work: Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill returned to work Monday, one day after being hospitalized because of a seizure the former Minnesota coach endured early Sunday.
“Jerry is fine, he’s back to work,’’ coach Chris Ash said. “He was in our offices (Monday) working. As usual, he’ll coach this week, coach the game and moving forward, there are no concerns at all.’’
Starting role: Senior Conor Rhoda will start at quarterback for Minnesota after sharing time with sophomore Demry Croft during the Golden Gophers’ first two games.
Rhoda earned the top spot on the depth chart after leading Minnesota on six touchdown drives last weekend in its 48-14 victory at Oregon State.
He completed 7-of-8 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown against the Beavers, seeing the bulk of playing time after Croft fumbled late in the first half.
"It was the first time I've watched Conor Rhoda control the football team,'' coach P.J. Fleck said. "We didn't ask him to do a ton in the pass game, but we needed him to run the football. He executed well and he led better than he ever has.''
Badgers bruised: Wisconsin will be without its two starting guards Saturday when it plays at BYU.
Beau Benzschawel and Jon Dietzen are both expected to miss the game because of leg injuries.