INDIANAPOLIS -- Iowa and Nebraska received their marching orders from the Big Ten offices for the 2015-16 football seasons on Monday, when the league announced conference schedules for those years.
Iowa and Illinois will resume their border rivalry in football starting in 2015. The Big Ten announced the Hawkeyes and Illini will play in Iowa City on Oct. 31, 2015, their first meeting since 2008.
Iowa will play at Illinois in 2016.
The Hawkeyes could be in for challenging November slates in 2015-16. They play perennial contenders Penn State, Michigan and Nebraska in the final month of both seasons.
For now, the Nebraska-Iowa games on the 2015-16 schedules are pegged for the final Saturday in November, though it's possible those could be moved to the Black Friday date Husker fans have become accustomed to.
Iowa athletic director Gary Barta and Nebraska's Tom Osborne will meet after this year's game to determine whether to continue playing on Friday instead.
The newcomer to the Huskers’ schedule is Indiana, the last of the Big Ten brethren for Nebraska to meet on a football field. Wisconsin is the other opposite division foe Nebraska draws those years, in addition to the annual crossover game with Penn State.
Nebraska, which sees Purdue and Illinois on its schedule in 2013-14, plays Indiana for the first time as Big Ten mates in Lincoln on Nov. 14, 2015.
The announcement of the conference games means Nebraska’s 2015 schedule is completely set. The 2016 slate is almost finished, with one nonconference game still to be added.
On paper, Nebraska’s 2015 schedule appears to be a bear. The Huskers will have road games at Miami, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State that year. Among the home games are BYU, Southern Miss, Michigan State and Iowa.
The Husker football team will travel to Bloomington, Ind., for the first time in 2016. In addition to the announced conference games that year, NU has scheduled out-of-league home games with Fresno State, Tennessee and Wyoming.
- The Associated Press contributed to this report