On Thursday the Big Ten Office released the 2014 football conference schedule. Iowa will play eight of the 14 teams in the conference. This will be the first year of new divisions in the Big Ten.
Iowa opens the conference schedule at Purdue on Sept. 27, then has a bye week followed by a home game against Indiana. They then will travel to Maryland for their first game as conference opponents.
Down the stretch they have a bye after Maryland, then play five consecutive weeks. They’ll have Northwestern at home, play at Minnesota, at Illinois, and then their final two games will consist of Wisconsin and Nebraska at home.
They get their three toughest games at home (NU, UW and UNL), and then play a team that will be in their first year in the Big Ten as well as Purdue and Illinois, who lately have struggled. The game against Illinois is their first since 2008.
Iowa will play in two home trophy games to end the season for the Heartland Trophy against Wisconsin and the Heroes Trophy against Nebraska.
Iowa full schedule:
- Aug 30: Northern Iowa
- Sept 6: Ball State
- Sept 13: Iowa State
- Sept 20: at Pittsburgh
- Sept 27: at Purdue (Homecoming)
- Oct 11: Indiana
- Oct. 18: at Maryland
- Nov. 1: Northwestern
- Nov. 8: at Minnesota
- Nov. 15: at Illinois
- Nov. 22: Wisconsin
- Nov. 28: Nebraska