May 3, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa home football games against Minnesota (Sept. 29) and Nebraska (Nov. 23) will start at 11 a.m. (CT). In addition, Iowa games at Michigan State (Oct. 13) and Northwestern (Oct. 27) will also start at 11 a.m. (CT). The Big Ten Conference announced start times of selected games Thursday, with the majority of those games serving as Homecoming for the host institution.
Minnesota will serve as Iowa’s homecoming opponent as the Golden Gophers and Hawkeyes meet in Kinnick Stadium in the first Big Ten game of the season for both teams. Iowa holds an all-time homecoming record of 54-41-5, including a 6-9 mark vs. Minnesota. Iowa defeated Indiana, 45-24, in its 2011 homecoming game.
The Hawkeyes will host Nebraska on Friday, Nov. 23, as the teams meet the day after Thanksgiving for the second straight year. That game will be televised nationally by ABC for a second straight year as well. The Cornhuskers defeated Iowa 20-7 last November in the first annual “Heroes Game”.
Iowa will be the homecoming opponent when it visits both East Lansing and Evanston. Iowa games against Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern will be televised by ESPN, ESPN2 or BTN.
It was announced earlier that Iowa’s Oct. 20 home game against Penn State will be a prime time event, beginning at 7 p.m. (CT) in Kinnick Stadium. That game will be televised by BTN and marks Iowa’s only night game of the season.
Start times and television information for Iowa’s remaining games has not yet been released. The Big Ten Conference is expected to announce start times for the first three weeks of the season in the near future.
The Hawkeyes open the season Sept. 1, meeting Northern Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago. Iowa then hosts Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Central Michigan before opening conference action against Minnesota.
AMERICA NEEDS FARMERS
The University of Iowa Athletics Department is working with the Iowa Farm Bureau on efforts to help consumers understand the challenges and opportunities today’s farmers embrace, and to do so under the banner, “America Needs Farmers,” the initiative undertaken by former UI football coach Hayden Fry during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s and embraced by the Hawkeyes’ current head coach Kirk Ferentz. To learn more, visit AmericaNeedsFarmers.org.