The start of the Big Ten season in 2020 is rapidly approaching -- just 12 days away now! -- and the league finally deigned to release some updated schedule information, namely kickoff time and TV information for some games.
Game day/time announcements today:— IowaFBLive (@IowaFBLive) October 12, 2020
at Purdue (Oct 24, 2:30 pm CT)
at Minn. (Fri, Nov 13, 6 pm CT)
Nebraska (Fri, Nov 27, TBD)
The Big Ten will announce remaining game times 12 days prior to the game date. #Hawkeyes
Iowa's season opener against Purdue will get underway at 2:30 PM Central on Saturday, October 24. BTN will televise the game -- and former Iowa player Anthony Herron will make his return to broadcasting duties with BTN by calling the game.
Extremely excited to return to @BigTenNetwork! My friends from before have remained friends since. @B1Gfootball is as good as it gets. Cant wait to start calling games. #B1G pic.twitter.com/KOWeijfhqT— Anthony Herron (@BigAntHerron) October 12, 2020
Iowa's game with Minnesota has also been moved up a day, from Saturday, November 14th to 6:00 PM on Friday, November 13th. Which means that, yes, Iowa will be playing on Friday the 13th. Gulp! Iowa's game with Minnesota was originally scheduled for a Friday night kickoff this year in the pre-COVID disrupted reality, back on Friday, September 18th. Apparently this game was just destined to be played on a Friday night. FS1 is set to televise the game.
The existence of Friday night games feels slightly less irksome this year, given that fans won't be allowed to attend any of the games this fall and thus won't be inconvenienced by the Friday night start time. The shortened prep week Iowa will have for that game (six days after they host Michigan State in Iowa City) isn't ideal, but is mitigated somewhat by the additional day of prep time they get for the game against Penn State in Happy Valley the following weekend. That said, it's not great timing for the game to air opposite the 4A state semifinals:
Finally, Iowa's annual clash with Nebraska will once again take place this year on Black Friday after Thanksgiving. This will be Iowa and Nebraska's 10th straight Black Friday clash since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. By that standard, it's not at all unusual for Iowa and Nebraska to be facing off on the Friday after Thanksgiving. That said, this year was supposed to be the first of a two-year break in Iowa and Nebraska playing on Black Friday, after Nebraska had briefly suggested seeing other people in that Black Friday slot. With the COVID-revised schedule, though, Iowa and Nebraska will once again meet at a familiar point on the calendar. Thanksgiving is a time of traditions, so it's comforting to know that even in These Uncertain Times we'll still be able to watch Iowa hang another L on Nebraska while eating leftover turkey.
Additional kickoff time and broadcast information will be added to the schedule throughout the season. Don't forget you can always find updated schedule information on the GIA Schedule page.