Iowa Hawkeyes add UNI to 2020 nonconference football slate

Dargan Southard
Hawk Central

The in-state matchup is already being renewed in 2018, but Iowa and Northern Iowa will meet again at Kinnick Stadium in 2020, the schools announced Thursday.

Sep 15, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz (left) talks with Northern Iowa Panthers head coach Mark Farley before the game at Kinnick Stadium.

The 2020 game is slated for Sept. 5 and will be the season-opener for both teams. The UNI addition completes Iowa' 2020 schedule and also moves the Hawkeyes' home game versus Northern Illinois that season from Sept. 5 to Sept. 26.

Iowa and UNI have met 17 times, the last of which came in 2014. The Hawkeyes have won the previous 16 showdowns  — the Panthers' lone victory in the series came in 1898 — but UNI nearly knocked off Iowa in 2014, suffering a 31-23 defeat in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes' last three wins over UNI have come by an average of fewer than seven points.

The 2018 matchup is scheduled for Sept. 15.    

Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.