|Both teams defeated two Top 25 opponents in 2016.|
Wyoming @ Iowa from Kinnick Stadium, 11 a.m. on BTN.
This is the first meeting between Iowa and Wyoming in 20 years, since the 1987 Holiday Bowl, where the Hawkeyes pulled out a 20-19 win late. Iowa leads the series 2-0, winning the only other game, 21-7, in Iowa City, in 1953.
|Junior 6 FS Marcus Epps, sophomore 30 MLB Logan Wilson,|
junior 17 QB Josh Allen and senior 36 FB Drew Van Maanan
will serve as game captains for the Cowboys in the season opener
|Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is the dean of College Football.|
He will open 2017, with a first- year starter and the Hawkeyes
choose true sophomore QB 4 Nate Stanley for the task.
|Both Iowa and Wyoming were interested in the services of true|
sophomore Iowa 87 TE Noah Fant, who came out of Omaha.
Fant caught 9 passes for 70 yards, 1 TD in 2016 for the Hawks.
|Iowa senior RB 25 Akrum Wadley leads the Iowa ground game.|
|Iowa offensive line: senior RT 75 Ike Boettger, senior RG 79|
Sean Welsh, junior C 78 James Daniels, junior LG 68 Keegan Render,
and senior LT 52 Boone Myers, who all bring starting experience.
The ground game all begins up front with the offensive line. The Hawkeyes are an experienced, veteran bunch, with three seniors and two juniors in the line up. Wyoming returns four of five offensive line starters, but the center position will be manned by a true freshman in 2017, as Logan Harris replaces all-MWC center Chase Roullier.
|Iowa senior MLB 43 Josey Jewell leads the Hawkeyes defense again.|
A pre-season all-American at linebacker, with a group that returns
6 of 7 in the front 7 for the Hawkeyes.
|Iowa Kirk Ferentz is now the dean of College Football, entering|
his 19th season as head coach, 28th overall for the Hawkeyes.
|Like the 2013 Hawkeyes, Iowa returns three senior starters at LB|
to kickoff the season, as 41 WLB Bo Bower, 43 MLB Josey Jewell,
and 44 LEO Ben Niemann all return. This should be a strong unit.
|Iowa senior Matt VandeBerg is coming back off a foot injury in 2017.|
VandeBerg will step out as Iowa's punt returner again. He played
PR during his sophomore season and the Hawkeyes look to make
impact plays in special teams in 2017.
Both Iowa and Wyoming have new punters and young placekickers. The return game should be solid for both teams. Miscues, penalties and special teams are often keys to watch in season openers. Both teams enter the 2017 season with some promise and some unknowns.
|Prediction: Iowa 33, Wyoming 19|
The Hawkeyes are able to get the ground game going, with
RBs Akrum Wadley, James Butler, Toren Young and Ivory Kelly-Martin.
Wisconsin took care of business over Utah State; while Iowa and Northwestern look to keep up with the Badgers, as Big Ten West teams square off against MWC programs, as Wyoming and Nevada come to Iowa City and Evanston, respectively.
Look for the Hawkeyes and Wildcats to join the Badgers at 1-0, after Week 1 of the 2017 College Football season.