Another 11 a.m. kickoff announced for Hawkeyes

Chad Leistikow,

As the rankings stand now, Iowa’s final three home football games will come against top-10 teams.

And the first one, Oct. 22 against No. 10 Wisconsin, will kick off at 11 a.m.

That’ll make six straight 11 o’clock (CT) kickoffs entering the bye week for the Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten Conference), who are coming off a 14-7 road win at Minnesota.

The kick time for Iowa-Wisconsin — which could have Big Ten West Division title implications — was revealed Monday. The game will be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Wisconsin (4-1, 1-1) hosts No. 2 Ohio State this week.

The Heartland Trophy will be at stake in an 11 a.m. game Oct. 22 between Iowa and Wisconsin.

But the Hawkeyes' morning-kick streak ends there, with successive night games to follow their bye week: 6:30 p.m. CT at Penn State on Nov. 5, then 7 p.m. vs. No. 4 Michigan on Nov. 12. As of mid-afternoon Monday, UI said it had 50 (returned) tickets available for the Michigan game. 

The final two kick times (Nov. 19 at Illinois, Nov. 25 vs. No. 9 Nebraska) will be determined later.

Iowa plays at Purdue (11 a.m., ESPN2) on Saturday.

Hawkeyes in good health

Iowa suffered no major injuries in Saturday's win at Minnesota, with Kirk Ferentz saying on the UI website Sunday that some guys were sore, but “hopefully everybody that is limited will come around by the end of the week.” 

As you might imagine, the offensive-line shuffle that Iowa used at Minnesota stayed in place on Monday's depth-chart release: Boone Myers at left tackle, Ike Boettger at left guard and Cole Croston at right tackle. The only other notable change: Freshman cornerback Manny Rugamba is now listed as Greg Mabin's backup at left cornerback; he had been the backup to All-American Desmond King on the right side.