Riley & Eichorst against playing on Black Friday

Posted at 5:14 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 18:15:37-04

With Nebraska switching opponents in its regular season finale starting in 2020, the Huskers also appear to be moving away from their traditional Black Friday game as well. 

On Tuesday, the Big Ten announced NU will play Minnesota on Saturday November 28, 2020 in Lincoln and Saturday November 27, 2021 in Minneapolis. 

Although the two schools could agree to move the game to Black Friday, it doesn't look like they will according to an article from 

“Since moving to a nine-game conference schedule,” said NU athletic director Eichorst said, “it makes sense from a student-athlete health, safety and welfare perspective to play on Saturday at the end of the regular season.”

Nebraska coach Mike Riley agrees, having said he "just likes Saturdays for football." Nebraska last closed the regular season on a Saturday in 1989, a home game against Oklahoma.

“I do not like to get out of the routine of what we do week to week to get ready for a game,” Riley said. “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.”

The Huskers have played the day after Thanksgiving every year since 1990. 

To see the entire list of Nebraska's Big Ten games in 2020 & 2021, click HERE