Iowa’s been plenty busy this off-season despite pandemic restrictions. The Hawkeyes are working hard to fill out future non-conference schedules. Iowa added another future opponent on Friday.
Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes have completed their 2024 non-conference slate after scheduling in Troy. Iowa will also be facing Iowa State and Illinois State that season.
The Hawkeyes have followed a pretty specific scheduling pattern throughout the years. Iowa will face off with Iowa State for the next six years, at the least. Iowa’s two other non-conference opponents over the next few seasons are lower-tier opponents – which makes sense considering the grueling Big Ten schedule.
Outside of Iowa State, the Hawkeyes have a few intriguing games in future years. Iowa will play Nevada in 2022 and Utah State in 2023. Both games will be Iowa home games. Here’s a look at Iowa’s non-conference schedule over the next few years with Troy in the mix, courtesy of FBS Schedules:
- 2020 – Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Illinois
- 2021 – at Iowa State, Kent State, Colorado State
- 2022 – South Dakota State, Iowa State, Nevada
- 2023 – Western Michigan, at Iowa State, Utah State
- 2024 – Illinois State, Iowa State, Troy
- 2025 – at Iowa State, Northern Illinois
Not too many marquee non-conference contests in coming years for the Hawkeyes. But Iowa has plenty of marquee games in the Big Ten.
Plus, Iowa State is a well-respected program out of the Big 12.
As long as the Cyclones remain on Iowa’s future non-conference slate, there’s no room to complain about the Hawkeyes’ schedule.