We have three more Iowa games slated for times on the glass-and-plastic box.
Here’s the release from UI sports info:
START TIMES SET FOR IOWA’S FIRST 3 FOOTBALL GAMES
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The first three 2012 University of Iowa football games will start at 2:30 p.m. CT. Iowa will open its season Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago, before returning home to Kinnick Stadium to entertain in-state rivals Iowa State (Sept. in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series and UNI (Sept. 15).
Iowa’s home games against the Cyclones and Panthers will be televised on BTN, while the season-opener against the Huskies will air on ESPNU. The Iowa-Northern Illinois game played at Soldier Field in 2007 was also televised on ESPNU.
Start times for eight of the Hawkeyes’ 12 regular season contests have now been announced. Home games against Minnesota (Sept. 29) and Nebraska (Nov. 23) will start at 11 a.m. CT, while the Oct. 20 contest against Penn State will be a prime time event, beginning at 7 p.m. CT in Kinnick Stadium.
Hawkeye road games at Michigan State (Oct. 13) and Northwestern (Oct. 27) will also have an 11 a.m. CT kickoff. Iowa will be the homecoming opponent when it visits both East Lansing and Evanston.
Iowa games against Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern will be televised by ESPN, ESPN2 or BTN. The Penn State contest will be televised nationally on BTN, while the “Heroes Game” against Nebraska will air nationally on ABC.
The UI Athletics Ticket Office is currently finalizing the fulfillment of requests for season tickets to the home games of the 2012 Iowa Hawkeyes from the general public and UI faculty and staff. Demand for season tickets has surpassed supply again this season.
Single-game tickets for all home games except the 2012 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game with Iowa State are available through the Hawkeye Village, the UI official game-day hospitality program. Fans should call Bravo Sports Marketing at (319) 626-8286 or visit www.bravosportsmarketing.com to learn more about 2012 Hawkeye Village options.
The UI is currently accepting season ticket orders for current UI students and students who will be entering the UI as freshmen in the fall. Students can place their 2012 Iowa football and 2012-13 Iowa men’s basketball season ticket order at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Incoming freshmen participating in the official summer orientation program offered by the UI’s Office of Admissions can also place their order during their visit to campus.
Tickets to Iowa’s 2012 season opener against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 1, are currently available for purchase through TicketMaster. To place an order online, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/Iowa-Hawkeyes-Football-tickets/artist/837320
So, here’s the complete list (this is more for me than anything else) (only Central Michigan and three November games remain up in the air):
Northern Illinois at Soldier Field — 2:30 ESPNU
Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium — 2:30 Big Ten Network
Northern Iowa at Kinnick — 2:30 Big Ten Network
Central Michigan at Kinnick — TBA
Minnesota at Kinnick — 11 a.m. BTN/ESPN/ESPN2
Michigan State at Spartan Stadium (East Lansing) — 11 a.m. BTN/ESPN/ESPN2
Penn State at Kinnick — 7 p.m. BTN
Northwestern at Ryan Field (Evanston, Ill.) — 11 a.m. BTN/ESPN/ESPN2
Indiana at Memorial Stadium (Bloomington) — TBA
Purdue at Kinnick — TBA
Michigan at Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor) — TBA
Nebraska at Kinnick — 11 a.m. ABC
A few more noteworthies:
– Eight home Big Ten Conference games in the first three weeks of the season, highlighted by a 2:30 p.m. game on ABC and ESPN2 each Saturday: Southern Mississippi at Nebraska (Sept. 1), Air Force at Michigan (Sept. and Navy at Penn State (Sept. 15).
– Including two previously announced games, ESPN networks will cover the debut of eight head coaches with their new team in the first weekend: Tim Beckman (Illinois), Terry Bowden (Akron), Paul Chryst (Pittsburgh), Ellis Johnson (Southern Miss), Bill O’Brien (Penn State) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M); previously announced games include Larry Fedora (North Carolina against Elon Saturday, Sept. 1, at 11:30 p.m. on ESPN3) and Mike Leach (Washington State at BYU Thursday, Aug. 30, at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN).
– ESPN’s telecast of Penn State against Ohio (Saturday, Sept. 1, at 11) will mark the debut of Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien, the school’s first new head coach in 46 years.
– ESPNU will televise three games involving Big Ten teams on the first two Saturdays of the season, including a doubleheader from the state of Illinois on September 1: Western Michigan at Illinois at 11 followed by Iowa vs. Northern Illinois from Chicago’s Soldier Field at 2:30 p.m. ESPNU will also televise Michigan State at Central Michigan on September 8 at 2:30 p.m.
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