Thursday, June 7, 2012

Game Times Released

I think what sparks many football fans' interest in the months after their team's spring ball concludes are the times and networks of the upcoming games.  The most interest is that of what games are determined for under the lights, then which games are of a national focus, and then when is the time of those first few games. Today we found out what those times are, and Iowa fans can't be too disappointed.

Since the first game is technically a "home" game for Northern Illinois is Chicago's Soldier Field, the Mid-American Conference holds the television rights to that game. When Iowa played Northern in Chicago in 2007, ESPNU picked it up and showed it at 2:30. Last year the NIU Huskies played a similar game against Wisconsin, but that was only shown on the ESPN3's internet channel. But this year, the Huskies and Hawkeyes are back to a 2:30 start time, and once again on ESPNU.

Then come two intra-state games with Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Each give the fans of the Hawkeye State a little extra time in the parking lots tailgating as those start times are 2:30, on the Big Ten Network.

Three other home games have already been tabbed. Minnesota and Nebraska each will begin at 11am in Kinnick Stadium, while Penn State is the lone night game for the Hawkeyes. That start time is 7pm in Iowa City.

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