The Big Ten released it’s 2015 & 2016 schedules on Monday morning, which allows us to take a closer look at those years as well as the 2013 & 2014 schedules in greater detail.


Aug. 31 Northern Illinois
Sept. 7 Missouri State
Sept. 14 at Iowa State
Sept. 21 Western Michigan
Sept. 28 at Minnesota
Oct. 5 Michigan State (HC)
Oct. 12 Open
Oct. 19 at Ohio State
Oct. 26 Northwestern
Nov. 2 Wisconsin
Nov. 9 at Purdue
Nov. 16 Open
Nov. 23 Michigan
Nov. 30 at Nebraska

WHAT STANDS OUT: Iowa has a very manageable out of conference slate in 2013, with three of the four games at home. The three home games should be wins but games at Jack Trice Stadium have been slippery since 1999, with Iowa winning just twice in Ames during that run. Iowa is 2-5 in Ames since 1999, with the average score being 23-20 in favor of ISU. Iowa is 4-2 at home against Iowa State, with the average score being 23.5-16.5 in Kinnick. Iowa will be breaking in a new starter at quarterback but the defensive line should be on the way back up. Iowa will have two bye weeks in 2013, one just before they play at The Horseshoe and one before the final two games of the year at home against Michigan on November 23rd and at Nebraska on the last day of November.


Aug. 30 Northern Iowa
Sept. 6 Ball State
Sept. 13 Iowa State
Sept. 20 at Pittsburgh
Sept. 27 Open
Oct. 4 at Wisconsin
Oct. 11 Open
Oct. 18 Ohio State
Oct. 25 Purdue
Nov. 1 at Michigan
Nov. 8 at Northwestern
Nov. 15 Minnesota
Nov. 22 at Michigan State
Nov. 29 Nebraska

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WHAT STANDS OUT: The first thing that jumps out is the Hawkeyes will have a huge gap between home games. After they host Iowa State on September 13th, they will not play another game at Kinnick Stadium for 35 days until they host Ohio State on October 18th. They will have two bye weeks during that span sandwiched around a road game at Wisconsin. Let’s hope Iowa wins the 9/20 game at Pitt, or that could be a very long and sour stretch on the message boards. Also, Iowa begins this season in August, something they have done just six times, ever. They have had just three home openers in August, with the other three being Kickoff Classic games at neutral sites. There is also a tough stretch of games…at Pitt, at Wisconsin, home vs Ohio State and Purdue then at Michigan and Northwestern. Let’s hope the Bullies of the Big Ten have returned by then. 10 of the 12 games are against current BCS conference foes.


Sept. 5 Illinois State
Sept. 12 at Iowa State
Sept. 19 Pittsburgh
Sept. 26 North Texas
Oct. 3 Northwestern
Oct. 10 Michigan State
Oct. 17 at Purdue
Oct. 24 at Minnesota
Oct. 31 Illinois
Nov. 7 at Penn State
Nov. 14 Open
Nov. 21 Michigan
Nov. 28 at Nebraska

WHAT STANDS OUT: Iowa starts out with FCS Illinois State. They will also host the Mean Green of North Texas. Will Dan McCarney still be their coach at that point? Just one bye week in this season for Iowa comes late in the year after they are at Penn State and before hosting Michigan. 10 of the 12 games are against current BCS conference foes.


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Sept. 3 North Dakota State
Sept. 10 Iowa State
Sept. 17 Central Michigan
Sept. 24 TBA
Oct. 1 Minnesota
Oct. 8 at Michigan State
Oct. 15 Purdue
Oct. 22 at Northwestern
Oct. 29 at Illinois
Nov. 5 Penn State
Nov. 12 Open
Nov. 19 at Michigan
Nov. 26 Nebraska

WHAT STANDS OUT: North Dakota State won the FCS title last year. Iowa begins with three home games and has the 9/24 date open. Will Iowa try to add a BCS conference foe? If so, I doubt it will be a home and home series with a team from the west. There is good balance to this schedule once conference play begins…looks very manageable. This is also the year where Kirk’s youngest son would be a 5th year senior and mark Kirk’s 18th year in Iowa City.