Iowa football adds Western Michigan to 2028 nonconference schedule

In June, Iowa football announced a slate of future nonconference football games from 2023-2029. On Friday, the Hawkeyes added their first opponent of 2028: Western Michigan.

The Hawkeyes will open the 2023 season against Western Michigan on Sept. 2 at Kinnick Stadium. The date of the 2028 game was not announced. 

Western Michigan, who plays in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) is regarded as a solid Group of Five program, posting only one losing season since 2013. 

Future nonconference games through 2029 are as follows: 


  • Sept. 2 vs. Western Michigan
  • Sept. 9 at Iowa State 
  • Sept. 16 vs. Utah State


  • Aug. 31 vs. Illinois State
  • Sept. 7 vs. Iowa State


  • Aug. 30 vs. Florida Atlantic
  • Sept. 6 at Iowa State
  • Nov. 15 vs. Massachusetts 

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  • Sept. 5 vs. Northern Illinois
  • Sept. 19 vs. Northern Iowa


  • Sept. 4 vs. Ball State


  • vs. Western Michigan (date TBD)


  • Sept. 15 vs. Northern Illinois

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Kennington Lloyd Smith III covers Iowa Hawkeyes football and men's basketball for the Des Moines Register. You can connect with Kennington on Twitter @SkinnyKenny_ or email him at