The Iowa Hawkeyes (7-6, 4-4 in Big Ten Legends in '11) will kickoff the 2012 football season in Chicago on September 1 at Soldier Field, vs. the Northern Illinois Huskies (11-3, 7-1 MAC West). The Huskies are the defending MAC champions and finished 2011 with a 38-20 win in the GoDaddy.com Bowl over Arkansas State, the Sun Belt champions.
The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m., Central Time on ESPNU. NIU is ranked #1 in our MAC West rankings released on Sunday. The Hawkeyes enter 2012 as the 4th rated team in the Legends Division behind Michigan State, Michigan and Nebraska.
The season opener will be the second time Iowa will play in Soldier Field; Iowa beat Northern Illinois, 16-3, in Chicago in 2007.
Game One: Iowa Depth Chart & Game [PDF]