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Iowa avoids powerhouses Ohio State, Michigan on newly-released Big Ten football schedule

[ 0 ] May 16, 2013 |

Big Ten football realignment has left traditional league powers Ohio State and Michigan off Iowa’s 2014 schedule.

The Hawkeyes will play Indiana at home Oct. 11 and travel to Maryland Oct. 18 in its two East Division games next season.

Iowa plays four of its first six league games on the road before finishing the regular season with home games against Wisconsin and Nebraska. The Big Ten doesn’t begin nine-game conference schedules until 2016. The 2015 schedule hasn’t been released.

Iowa will play five games in November in 2014, but just two in October because of bye weeks on Oct. 4 and Oct. 25.

Iowa has never played Maryland in football before. The Terrapins and Rutgers join the Big Ten in 2014, which brought about realignment to more of a regional concept. Every team team in the West Division is in the Central time zone but Purdue.

The divisional concept will replace the Legends and Leaders divisions that had been used in the past.

“I’m glad to tell you we’re in the West Division,” Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz told the Nile Kinnick I-Club Wednesday night in Council Bluffs. “I was struggling with the other one a little bit.”

2014 Iowa Football Schedule

Pre-Conference Schedule
Aug. 30 Northern Iowa
Sept. 6 Ball State
Sept. 13 Iowa State
Sept. 20 at Pittsburgh

Big Ten Conference Schedule
Sept. 27 – at Purdue. Hawkeyes won on last visit to Ross-Ade Stadium, 31-21, for seventh win of 2011 season.
Oct. 11 – Indiana. Iowa has won four of the last five meetings in Kinnick Stadium against the Hoosiers.
Oct. 18 – at Maryland. First meeting ever. Terps play home games at Byrd Stadium.
Nov. 1 – Northwestern. Iowa snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats in Kinnick Stadium in 2011, 41-31. Wildcats also play at Iowa in 2013.
Nov. 8 – at Minnesota. This will be Iowa’s second straight visit to Minneapolis. The Gophers have won the last two meetings in the Twin Cities: 27-24 in 2010 and 22-21 in 2011.
Nov. 15 – at Illinois. Iowa will be playing this border state rival for the first time since 2008.
Nov. 22 – Wisconsin. The Badgers will be making their second straight trip to Kinnick, where they won on their last visit in 2010, 31-30.
Nov. 28 – Nebraska. Game remains a fixture on Black Friday against the Black Blackshirts of Bo Pelini.

What do you think of the Hawkeyes’ 2014 schedule? Did they catch a break? Post your thoughts in the comment section below.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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