Gophers and Iowa to play a Friday night game in 2020 at TCF Bank Stadium

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The University of Minnesota will host border rival Iowa at TCF Bank Stadium in 2020. The game, which was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, has been moved by the Big Ten Conference to Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.In 2016, the Big Ten Conference announced it would start scheduling games on Friday nights, normally left open so as not to conflict with local high school games.  The Big Ten agreed to the Friday games along with a six year TV package.  There's no word yet on the time of the game, or where you can see it on TV.  

Minnesota played a home game on a Friday night in 2018 when it beat Indiana 38-31.  Of course, the Gophers' most famous Friday night game was in 2003, when Michigan came to the Metrodome.  The game was moved to Friday because of a Twins playoff game on Saturday that forced the rescheduling.  

The Gophers also open the season on Thursday night in 2020, so in their first three weeks, there is only one game on a Saturday.  The first four games of the season are at TCF Bank Stadium.

Here's a look at the entire 2020 schedule for the Gophers, who next play on New Year's Day against Auburn in the Outback Bowl.
  • Thursday, September 3rd vs. Florida Atlantic
  • Saturday, September 12th vs. Tennessee Tech.
  • Friday, September 18th vs. Iowa
  • Saturday, September 26th vs. BYU
  • Saturday, October 3rd at Maryland
  • Saturday, October 10th at Wisconsin
  • Saturday, October 17th vs. Michigan
  • Saturday, October 24th at Illinois
  • Saturday, October 31st at Michigan State
  • Saturday, November 7th vs. Purdue
  • Saturday, November 21st vs. Northwestern
  • Saturday, November 28th at Nebraska