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Iowa Officially Schedules Wyoming For 2017 Opener

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IOWA CITY Iowa has signed the contract and officially will kickoff the 2017 football season with a home game against Wyoming.

Iowa athletics director Gary Barta served as Wyoming's AD for three years before being hired at Iowa in 2006. Iowa now has a full non-conference schedule for '17, with Wyoming, at Iowa State and a home game against North Texas.

Barta said Thursday that Iowa's scheduling philosophy is "pretty aggressive."

"We've always tried to play two BCS teams," he said. "It didn't work out every year, but we played Iowa State and this year we play Pittsburgh."

When the Big Ten moves to a nine-game schedule in 2016, Barta said the second BCS game then will come from the Big Ten schedule.

"We're trying to find some different types of teams that we haven't played as often," Barta said. "The Mountain West is a conference we're interested in. We'll still play some MAC [Mid-American Conference] teams. But if someone wants us to play a BCS team every week, that's not realistic. Nobody in the country is doing that, so we have a balance.

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