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 TBAAt 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.