Breaking down and analyzing the 2021 Iowa Hawkeyes football schedule with the best and worst case scenarios.
Iowa Football Schedule 2021
Full schedule analysis with best and worst scenarios below
Sept. 4 Indiana
Sept. 11 at Iowa State
Sept. 18 Kent State
Sept. 25 Colorado State
Oct. 2 at Maryland
Oct. 9 Penn State
Oct. 16 Purdue
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 30 at Wisconsin
Nov. 6 at Northwestern
Nov. 13 Minnesota
Nov. 20 Illinois
Nov. 26 at Nebraska
Dec. 4 Big Ten Championship (in Indianapolis)
Games vs. The East: Indiana, at Maryland, Penn State
Missed Teams From The East: Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rutgers
Iowa Hawkeyes Football Schedule Analysis: It’s not going to be all that easy to get going with Indiana to start, the rivalry date at Iowa State to follow, and then two interesting games against Kent State and Colorado State before diving fully into the Big Ten world.
Getting Penn State from the East hurts, but it’s at home – there’s no Ohio State or Michigan – and there’s a week off before the brutal finishing kick. It starts with road games at Wisconsin and Northwestern and finishes with a Friday date at Nebraska.
Iowa Hawkeyes Football Schedule Best Case Scenario: Get through September cleanly and take care of home in October. Beat Iowa State on the road after getting by Indiana in the opener, don’t miss the Maryland putt, and come up with a win over Penn State on the way to a 7-0 start.
With the week off, at least split the games at Wisconsin and Northwestern, get by Minnesota and Illinois, and seal the West with a win over Nebraska.
Iowa Hawkeyes Football Schedule Worst Case Scenario: A loss to Indiana sets a bad tone to start, but a loss at Iowa State makes things worse. A tough loss at Maryland is part of a disastrous beginning of the Big Ten season with Penn State to follow. There will be a few wins along the way no matter what, but the Hawkeyes are in deep also-ran status after a loss at Wisconsin.