IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa went through the night games round of the college football TV sweepstakes and came up bupkus.
For the Iowa fan wanting a night kickoff, Iowa State is here to help! Well, it's night-ish, but the lights will be on at kickoff. Oh sweet, kickoff. You're so close and yet so far.
According to Iowa State's website, Iowa-Iowa State will kick off at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Jack Trice Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), which launches in August as the rebranded Speed Channel.
So, Iowa starts, lets run down the list:
Northern Illinois (at Kinnick) Unknown, but the Big Ten will be releasing this one soon. Think 11 a.m.
Missouri State (at Kinnick) Again, unknown but the Big Ten will soon release the start times for the first three weeks of the season. This one should be an 11 a.m. special.
At Iowa State 5 p.m. on the rebranded Speed Channel.
At Minnesota This one is set for 2:30 p.m. Network is TBA, but it will be in the ABC mix, with an ESPN or ESPN2 mirror. Iowa is Minnesota's homecoming game. The Hawkeyes are 0-2 at TCF Bank Stadium.
Michigan State (at Kinnick) 11 a.m. with all TV options open, BTN or an ESPN platform (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU). Iowa has won its last four Homecoming contests and is 6-0-1 against the Spartans on homecoming.
At Ohio State This is a 2:30 game in the ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 mirror mix. Iowa is OSU's homecoming opponent. Iowa hasn't won at Ohio Stadium since 1991, going 0-6 since.
Northwestern (at Kinnick) Time and TV are TBA.
Wisconsin (at Kinnick) -- Time and TV are TBA.
At Purdue Time and TV are TBA.
Michigan (at Kinnick) Time and TV are TBA
At Nebraska (remember, it's on Black Friday, Nov. 29) 11 a.m. on ABC. This is the time slot you want. You're featured on a national network, what more can you ask. Iowa could really use a win here. The Hawkeyes haven't beaten Nebraska since it joined the Big Ten in 2011. Iowa also hasn't beaten Nebraska since 1981.