Iowa's 2016 game at Rutgers moved to new day

Rick Brown
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood leads his team to the field for the game against the Tulane Green Wave at High Points Solutions Stadium.

Iowa's 2016 football game at Rutgers has been moved from Oct. 29 to Sept. 24, the Big Ten announced Wednesday.

The Big Ten goes to nine conference games in 2016. Iowa will play five on the road – at Rutgers, Minnesota, Purdue, Penn State and Illinois. The four home games will be against Northwestern, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska.

Iowa will also play three home non-conference games to start the 2016 season, against Miami of Ohio, Iowa State and North Dakota State.

The adjusted schedule means Iowa will open Big Ten play on the road for five consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes won at Minnesota to start Big Ten play in 2013, and won at Purdue in this season's league opener. Iowa opens Big Ten play at Wisconsin in 2015, at Rutgers in 2016 and at Michigan State in 2017. The Hawkeyes open league play in 2018 at home against Wisconsin.

The 2016 Rutgers-Iowa meeting will be the first between the schools. The Scarlet Knights and Maryland joined the Big Ten this season.

The Big Ten also announced that Nebraska's 2016 game at Northwestern has also been moved, from Oct. 8 to Sept. 24. The two games were moved to provide additional game selections on Sept. 24 for Big Ten media partners.

Iowa's 2016 football schedule

Sept. 3 – Miami, Ohio; 10 – Iowa State; 17 North Dakota State; 24 – at Rutgers.

Oct. 1 – Northwestern; 8 – at Minnesota; 15 – at Purdue; 22 – Wisconsin; 29 – bye.

Nov. 5 – at Penn State; 12 – Michigan; 19 – at Illinois; 25 – Nebraska.