I like the Iowa-Nebraska game on Black Friday. It's a fun way to kick off rivalry weekend in the Big Ten, and it gives the Hawkeyes and Huskers the national stage on a day with fewer games and a lot of folks watching on TV.
But the Heroes Game might not be on Black Friday for much longer.
"I've talked to a lot of our fans that say a Friday is more challenging," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said last week. "They're trying to be with family on Thanksgiving and then they try to get to Iowa City. Again, I can make a case where it works well, and I can make a case where we should go back to Saturday. As of yet, we haven't done anything to finalize it."
Barta also acknowledged that having the game away from a packed Saturday that features Michigan-Ohio State and other Big Ten rivalries gives Iowa and Nebraska added national exposure. The decision ultimately could come down to national exposure vs. local fan interests.
I definitely understand the challenge of attending games the day after Thanksgiving. It's an issue Big Ten fans didn't have to deal with for years, but it's not going to change now.
Iowa and Nebraska play an end-of-season game next fall in Lincoln, but the schedule likely shifts in 2014 with Maryland and Rutgers -- and possibly more teams -- joining the Big Ten. No matter what day the Iowa-Nebraska game is played, I'd like to see it stay on the final regular-season Saturday.
What do Iowa and Nebraska fans think? Send your thoughts here for the mailblog later today.