The Nebraska Football team is entering its Black Friday contest against the black and gold clad Iowa Hawkeyes knowing a win will keep them in contention for the Big Ten West division title. Even if a victory only means they're in contention for a day, it's certainly a change from a year ago, when the Huskers kicked off against Iowa in the Lincoln sporting a 5-6 record and just hoping to go .500 on the season. They lost that game, thanks in no small part to four interceptions from Tommy Armstrong.

Tommy is likely back

This time around, Tommy Armstrong will be looking to get a little revenge for his Nebraska football teammates and himself.

Up until Thursday night, there was a question as to whether or not he would even play. Armstrong pulled a hamstring in a Huskers win two weeks ago, a win that kept Armstrong's team in the hunt for the Big Ten West. That pulled hammy put his ability to play on Black Friday very much in doubt, but as the week has gone on, head coach Mike Riley said he believes Armstrong will play.

Ryker Fyfe back as well?

According to the Landof10, Riley has not officially said Armstrong will be able to lead the Nebraska football team onto the field for the Black Friday game. The Huskers' head coach said whether or not Tommy starts will depend on how well he looks on Friday morning. If for some reason he can't play against Iowa, Husker fans likely won't see the doomsday scenario many had been imagining since the week started.

That doomsday scenario had third-string quarterback Zack Darlington starting under center. Why is that such a bad scenario? Because while Darlington joined the Nebraska football team as a quarterback, he hasn't thrown a pass in a regular-season game since he arrived in Lincoln. Despite that lack of experience, Riley had talked about Darlington being the best option available considering true freshman Patrick O'Brien has redshirted and the staff was doing everything it could to make sure he stayed redshirted.

Despite that lack of experience, Riley had talked about Darlington being the best option available considering true freshman Patrick O'Brien has redshirted and the staff was doing everything it could to make sure he stayed redshirted. Ryker Fyfe broke a bone in his hand in last week's game against Minnesota, but after a week where some thought he'd be out, Riley says he too, might be able to play against the Hawkeyes.

Considering the pressure and what was at stake in this Black Friday game, the fact that the Huskers are likely going to have one of their top tier quarterbacks available makes the game a winnable game once again.

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