IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Big Ten schedule in 2016 will feature five road games, and the Hawkeyes will host five league games the following season. The conference released its schedule for 2016-17 on Thursday. Each of the 14 league members will play nine Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes will host Northwestern, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska in 2016 and Illinois, Penn State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue in 2017.
Iowa will face new Big Ten opponent Rutgers for the first time in 2016. Iowa and Nebraska’s annual matchup will remain on the Friday after Thanksgiving in both 2016 and 2017. The Hawkeyes open this season at home on August 31 against Northern Illinois.