Note: This is an updating post as the conference schedule is released.
For the third time this year, the Iowa Hawkeyes are getting a new 2020 football schedule. Less than a week after announcing the conference would reverse course and bring football back to the spring, the conference released its second revised, conference-only schedule in as many months.
The conference is releasing the schedule live on FOX during the network’s Saturday morning college football Big Noon Saturday show. Unfortunately for Iowa fans, the schedule is coming over the course of an hour with a week-by-week release ensuring fans stay locked in to the network.
We know the schedule will include 8, conference-only games with 6 games against divisional opponents and 2 against crossover opponents. It’s presumed each team will have balance with 4 home games and 4 road games. While no official announcements have been made about the structure of the schedule, it is believed it will keep opponents the same as the original 2020 schedule with one crossover opponent falling off.
For Iowa, that means matchups with the six divisional opponents, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin. Iowa’s original crossover opponents included Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State. In keeping the balance of home and away games, it’s believed one of Penn State and Ohio State would fall from the schedule.
Here’s a live look at how the schedule is shaping up:
Week 1: Iowa at Purdue
Iowa will open the season at Purdue pic.twitter.com/ruP9Wu1xpS— BlackHeartGoldPants (@BHGP) September 19, 2020
Week 2: Northwestern at Iowa
Week 3: Michigan State at Iowa
Week 4: Iowa at Minnesota
Iowa at Minnesota in week 4 pic.twitter.com/JIWVaFcMj7— BlackHeartGoldPants (@BHGP) September 19, 2020
Week 5: Iowa at Penn State
Week 6: Nebraska at Iowa
Week 7: Iowa at Illinois
Week 8: Wisconsin at Iowa
Iowa closes out the season with Wisconsin in Kinnick in week 8 pic.twitter.com/dU9AvczRrH— BlackHeartGoldPants (@BHGP) September 19, 2020
So, to recap, Iowa is at Purdue, home against Northwestern, home against Michigan State, at Minnesota, at Penn State, home against Nebraska, at Illinois and home against Wisconsin in the final week of the regular season.
Then, as a reminder, the conference will be playing “Championship Week” on December 19th. The Big Ten Championship Game will move forward in Indianapolis, but the conference will also pit the 2nd place team in the West against the 2nd place team from the East, 3 vs. 3 and so on to round out the 9-game schedule.
Here’s a look at the conference slate as a whole:
The Big Ten Conference announced today the schedule for the 2020 football season, including an eight-game Conference-only schedule starting the weekend of October 24 plus a ninth game for all 14 teams during a newly created Big Ten Champions Week the weekend of December 19. pic.twitter.com/jaDXMhh2C8— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) September 19, 2020