It appears Wyoming will serve as the home opener for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2017.
According to KTVQ, a TV station out of Billings, Mont., the Cowboys will open their 2017 schedule at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa’s website hasn’t shown this change. Right now, it has Iowa’s 2017 non-conference schedule with an open date on Sept. 2, at Iowa State and North Texas.
According to KTVQ, the deal is a single-game contract. Wyoming was scheduled to travel to Missouri in 2017, but that game has been pushed back to Sept. 8, 2018, in Columbia, Mo., to allow the Iowa game.
Before coming to Iowa in 2006, UI athletics director Gary Barta served as AD at Wyoming for three years. Seven different UW coaches were named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year. He also spearheaded a fund-raising effort that netted the Cowboy athletics program $11 million in private support and $11 million in matching state fund.
So, that might be the why this game came up.
Yes, yes, I know.
Iowa and ISU are tied together forever, so don’t look for an Iowa-[Premium Brand Here] matchup anytime soon. Iowa and ISU are each other’s premium matchups in the non-conference. Each school will have just three non-conference games (the B1G starts nine-game conference schedule in 2016; ISU has played a nine-game B1G schedule since 2011). So, with each other on the schedule, finding a home-and-home or a single-contract game with an Oregon or LSU or whichever one you want is nearly impossible given the parameters (the main parameter being the fact that Iowa needs seven home games every season).
The question of “would they?” is up to you. I know a lot of you don’t think they would, and I kind of lean that way. I don’t think Iowa would go hunting for an Oregon. What would an Oregon have to gain from playing Iowa?
It’s an interesting debate, but it won’t change anything. Iowa-ISU, together, forever. Seven games of revenue to meet budget. That’s the reality.
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