Plenty of college football teams have been busy filling out their schedules for the next 10-15 years. Iowa, meanwhile, is still filling out its schedule for the next five, and just added a big game down the road.
As reported by The Athletic’s Scott Dochterman, the Hawkeyes will be welcoming the Nevada Wolf Pack to Kinnick Stadium in 2022. Nevada is coached by former Iowa defender Jay Norvell, who played for the team from 1982 to 1985.
With the addition of Nevada, Iowa’s 2022 non-conference schedule is now full. It will consist of Nevada, Iowa State, and FCS powerhouse South Dakota State. All three of those games will be hosted by Iowa.
The Iowa-Nevada game will be first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Iowa football fills its vacant 2022 opening with Nevada on Sept. 17.
— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) April 24, 2019
The Hawkeyes are coming off a sixth straight bowl appearance with their win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl. The team has made 16 bowl appearances in the last 18 years.
But one criticism Iowa has received in the past is its relatively soft non-conference schedule.
Outside of an in-state rivalry game between Iowa State of the Big 12 for the foreseeable future, Iowa does not have a single game against a Power Five school outside of its Big Ten schedule.
To make a compelling case for bigger bowl matchups, and for just about any chance at making the College Football Playoff without winning the Big Ten title, Iowa may need to start adding some bigger opponents in the years to come.