Changes made to the Big Ten schedule during the pandemic year of 2020 continue to have knock-on effects to future schedules. The Big Ten released the new 2022 schedules for all 14 teams today, so let's take a look at Iowa's new-look 2022 schedule. Here's a side-by-side comparison of Iowa's two schedules, with the old schedule on the left and the new schedule on the right.
|DATE||2022 (orig)||2022 (now)|
|9/3/22||South Dakota State||South Dakota State|
|9/10/22||Iowa State||Iowa State|
|9/24/22||at Minnesota||at Rutgers|
|10/8/22||at Purdue||at Illinois|
|10/15/22||at Ohio State||BYE|
|10/22/22||BYE||at Ohio State|
|10/29/22||Northwestern (HC)||Northwestern (HC)|
|11/5/22||at Rutgers||at Purdue|
There were no changes to Iowa's three non-conference schedules; Iowa is still opening up the year with three consecutive home games against South Dakota State, Iowa State, and Nevada.
Iowa's still playing the same nine Big Ten teams that they were scheduled to play and none of the home/away designations have changed, but the order of games has been shuffled a fair amount.
Only three of Iowa's nine Big Ten games are completely unchanged: a 10/1 home game against Michigan, a 10/29 home game against Northwestern (which is also the designated Homecoming game), and the 11/25 season finale against Nebraska (on Black Friday, as usual).
Iowa was set to open league play at Minnesota on 9/24; now they won't be playing in Minneapolis until 11/19. (Slight change in weather conditions there!) Instead they'll open on the road against Rutgers on 9/24 instead of playing at Rutgers on 11/5.
The October portion of the schedule is slightly less-changed than the November set of games. Iowa's still opening and closing the month with Michigan and Northwestern, respectively. 10/15 and 10/22 are still Ohio State and a bye; now instead of getting a bye after the Ohio State game and before the Homecoming game with Northwestern, Iowa will get a bye before the trip to Ohio State. The 10/8 game went from a road game at Purdue to a road game at Illinois.
As noted, November is much-changed -- instead of opening with back-to-back road games at Rutgers and Illinois and then back-to-back home games with Wisconsin and Nebraska, Iowa now has a road game game with Purdue, then a home game with Wisconsin, then a road game at Minnesota, and finally a home game with Nebraska.
- Iowa's 2022 schedule already looked fairly challenging (as it usually does when the Delanybot 9000 decides to include both Michigan and Ohio State on the slate) and I don't think this changes that at all. Iowa doesn't have to deal with back-to-back road games against Purdue and Ohio State, which looked a little concerning, given Iowa's recent woes against Purdue and Ohio State's general... Ohio State-ness. But Iowa now plays six consecutive weeks against Ohio State, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Not a lot of respite there.
Anyway, that's the schedule. Adjust your travel plans accordingly. Thoughts? Concerns? Hit up the comments.