Iowa reveals alternative uniforms for Ohio State game; kickoff set vs. Wisconsin

Chad Leistikow
Hawk Central

Iowa’s “Blackout” alternate uniforms for Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. football game against third-ranked Ohio State include redesigned helmets and a touch of gray.

The university revealed the mostly-black ensemble Sunday night on its website.

Iowa will wear alternate uniforms for the Hawkeyes' blackout game against Ohio State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The alternates will be the program's first since facing off against Minnesota on Nov. 14, 2015.

Black pants replace the usual golds.

Numerals on black jerseys are gray with a gold background, instead of white.

And instead of the traditional gold Tiger Hawk on both sides of the helmet, there’s a black Tiger Hawk on one side with the player’s uniform number on the other.

The last time Iowa wore alternate uniforms was on Nov. 14, 2015, also a “Blackout” game and a 40-35 win against Minnesota.

Ohio State is listed as a 16½ point favorite for Saturday’s ESPN-televised game at Kinnick Stadium.

Another 2:30 kick

Announced Monday, Iowa (5-3 overall, 2-3 Big Ten Conference) will face West Division front-runner Wisconsin (8-0, 5-0) at 2:30 p.m. in the Nov. 11 battle for the Heartland Trophy. Either ABC or ESPN will broadcast the game.

The Badgers are ranked No. 4 in the latest Amway Coaches Poll.

Jackson's continued rise

Iowa cornerback Joshua Jackson has been added as a semifinalist for the 2017 Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player. Teammate Josey Jewell was also named a semifinalist Monday for the Bednarik, as well as for the Butkus Award (given to the top linebacker).

Jackson had four pass breakups in Iowa's 17-10 win vs. Minnesota, giving him an FBS-best 15 for the season.