Start Times Set for Select Football Games

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – – The University of Iowa will appear on an ESPN network on two of the first three Saturdays of the 2017 football season, while closing the Big Ten schedule on FS1.  Early season start times were announced by ESPN and FOX on Wednesday.  BTN has not yet announced its early season schedule.

The annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game at Iowa State on Sept. 9, will kickoff at 11 a.m. (CT) in Ames, with that contest airing on ESPN or ESPN2.  The Hawkeyes will host North Texas the following weekend at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2.

34211Iowa’s annual Black Friday contest at Nebraska (Nov. 24) will air on FS1, with a 3 p.m. (CT) start time.  Iowa’s Homecoming game against Illinois (Oct. 7) has an 11 a.m. (CT) opening kick, with the network designation to be determined.

Prime time games for the remainder of the season, beginning with week four, will be announced no later than 12 days prior to the game date, per the new media rights agreements between the Big Ten Conference and its television partners. 

The Hawkeyes and Cyclones met in prime time last season in Kinnick Stadium, with Iowa taking a 42-3 win to maintain possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy.  Iowa holds a 42-22 overall series advantage.

Iowa will visit Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the first time since its 28-20 victory clinched a perfect 12-0 regular season and Big Ten West Division title.  Iowa also defeated the Cornhuskers 40-10 in Iowa City last season to maintain possession of the Heroes Trophy.

Iowa will host North Texas for the second time in three years.  The Hawkeyes won by a 62-16 margin in 2015, in the only previous meetings between the two programs.

Iowa opens the 2017 season Sept. 2, hosting Wyoming.  In addition to Illinois, the Hawkeyes host Big Ten opponents Penn State (Sept. 23), Minnesota (Oct. 28), Ohio State (Nov. 4), and Purdue (Nov. 18) as the home slate features five Big Ten opponents.  Penn State won the Big Ten title a year ago, while Ohio State participated in the College Football Playoffs.  Both Wyoming and North Texas competed in bowl games to conclude their seasons.

Single-game tickets are not available at this time. Questions concerning the purchase of 2017 football tickets, including general public, UI faculty/staff and UI student seasons tickets by current UI students, should be directed to the UI Athletics Ticket Office. The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office telephone number is 1-800-IA-HAWKS. Information is also available at

Iowa’s 2017 football schedule:
Sept. 2              Wyoming, TBA
Sept. 9              at Iowa State, 11 a.m., ESPN/ESPN2
Sept. 16            North Texas, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
Sept. 23            Penn State, TBA
Sept. 30            at Michigan State, TBA
Oct. 7                Illinois, 11 a.m., TBA
Oct. 21              at Northwestern, TBA
Oct. 28              Minnesota, TBA
Nov. 4               Ohio State, TBA
Nov. 11             at Wisconsin, TBA
Nov. 18             Purdue, TBA
Nov. 24             at Nebraska, 3 p.m., FS1