7 Iowa Football Start Times Announced

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Seven start times for the 2021 University of Iowa football team were announced on Thursday by the Big Ten Conference in conjunction with BTN, ESPN, ABC, and FOX television networks. Four of the seven announced start times will be mid-afternoon kickoffs.

Iowa will host Indiana at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, Sept. 4, with the game airing on BTN. This year marks the first time in 41 years that Iowa opens its season against a Big Ten opponent; the Hawkeyes faced the Hoosiers on Sept. 13, 1980, in Bloomington, Indiana, in the 1980 opener. The home opener is presented by the Eastern Iowa Airport and will honor First Responders.

FryFest is also part of opening weekend. Slated for Friday, Sept. 3, FryFest is held at the Iowa River Landing and celebrates everything Hawkeye. The National Iowa Varsity Club will celebrate the Hall of Fame class throughout the weekend.

Following the opening contest, the Hawkeyes travel to in-state rival Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. The annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game will be televised on ABC.

Iowa welcomes Kent State to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Gold Game. That contest is also slated to kickoff at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on BTN. Fans are encouraged to wear gold.

The Homecoming contest versus Purdue, presented by GreenState Credit Union, is on Saturday, Oct. 16. That game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start. The Hawkeyes are the Homecoming opponent at Wisconsin on Oct. 30, with that game designated to begin at 11 a.m.

Iowa’s regular season finale at Nebraska on Black Friday (Nov. 26) will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. and air on BTN.

The Hawkeyes have an open date on Oct. 23. Kickoff times for the remaining five games will be announced no later than 12 days prior to the game, per the media rights agreements between the Big Ten Conference and its television partners.

Iowa’s 2021 football schedule (all listed times are CT):

Sept. 4 Indiana, 2:30 p.m., BTN (Presented By Eastern Iowa Airport/First Responders’ Day)

Sept. 11 at Iowa State, 2:30 p.m., ABC (Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series)

Sept. 18 Kent State, 2:30 p.m., BTN (Gold Game)

Sept. 25 Colorado State, TBA (Presented by REG/Family Weekend)

Oct. 1 at Maryland, 7 p.m., FS1

Oct. 9 Penn State, TBA, FOX or FS1 (Presented by Iowa Farm Bureau/ANF Black & Gold Spirit Game)

Oct. 16 Purdue, 2:30 p.m., TBA (Presented by GreenState Credit Union/Homecoming)

Oct. 30 at Wisconsin, 11 a.m., TBA

Nov. 6 at Northwestern, TBA

Nov. 13 Minnesota, TBA (Presented by Wellmark/Military Appreciation/Black Out Game)  

Nov. 20 Illinois, TBA (Senior Day)

Nov. 26 at Nebraska, 12:30 p.m., BTN (Heroes Game)