- Published on Friday, 17 August 2012 11:55
Welcome to College Football Week on the GLMG blog! Over the course of the next week, you'll get season previews for four college football teams getting ready to kick off their seasons on campuses nearby our hotels. Our second post comes to you from Iowa City, home of the Hawkeyes and just down the road from our Mount Vernon hotel and Cedar Rapids hotel! Click here for our Iowa State preview.
However, when the Hawkeyes left Kinnick, they looked anything but, going 1-5 on the road and at neutral sites. Most notably, Iowa suffered embarassing setbacks at in-state rival Iowa State and at Minnesota, which finished the season with only two other wins.
Still, Hawkeye fans can rest assured knowing the Hawkeyes will continue to perform at Kinnick, which is located just a few miles' drive from our Iowa City-area hotels, Sleep Inn & Suites Mount Vernon and MainStay Suites Cedar Rapids---the Hawkeyes have lost only 12 home games under Ferenze in the last 10 years.
That means you'll be in for a treat if you make a trek to Kinnick (and stay in one of our find Iowa City-area hotels) for a home game this season. The Hawkeyes kick off the 2012 season with four straight non-conference home games. Iowa takes on Northern Illinois in the season opener Sept. 1 before welcoming the Cyclones back to battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy Sept. 8.
Iowa follows that up with two final non-conference tune-ups against Northern Iowa Sept. 15 and Central Michigan Sept. 22. The Hawkeyes open up Big Ten play with their homecoming game against Minnesota Sept. 29. Ferenz and the Hawkeyes will be out to avenge their loss to the Gophers last year, which should make for great entertainment should you come in for a visit.
After visiting No. 13 Michigan State the following week, Iowa returns home to play Penn State Oct. 20 for their first primetime game of the season. The Nittany Lions bested the Hawkeyes in last year's showdown at Beaver Stadium.
The Hawkeyes will then hit the road for two critical conference games against Indiana and Northwestern before coming back to Kinnick to play Purdue Nov. 10. The game will be played on family weekend, which provides for an excellent opportunity to bring the kids down to our Mount Vernon or Cedar Rapids hotel and head over to Kinnick for fun weekend.
Iowa closes out the season with a road game at No. 8 Michigan and a nationally televised home game against No. 16 Nebraska Nov. 23, which falls on Fan Appreciation weekend, yet another opportunity to head down to Iowa City. If the Hawkeyes emerge victorious from these last two games, they'll likely have a chance to make their first ever appearance in the Big Ten title game.
Do you have plans for any of Iowa home games this season? Let us know in the comments section below!