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Neutral-site football game against BCS opponent in 2016 'a possibility' for Iowa

UNI receiver Jarred Herring (83, left) tries to run past Iowa linebacker Bruce Davis (57) during the third quarter of th
UNI receiver Jarred Herring (83, left) tries to run past Iowa linebacker Bruce Davis (57) during the third quarter of the Hawkeyes' 17-16 home opener against University of Northern Iowa at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, in Iowa City.(Liz Martin/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY Iowa has a non-conference football game scheduled in 2018, and its not against Iowa State.

The Hawkeyes will play host to Northern Iowa in the opener that season, Iowa Associate Athletics Director for legal affairs Mark Abbott said. Although Iowa State is not on the schedule, Abbott said the annual series is not in jeopardy.

I think we expect well continue to play Iowa State in the future, Abbott said. But we dont have a contract after 2017.

Iowa has its non-conference schedules filled through 2015. In 2016, Iowa has an opening likely against a BCS opponent. Abbott said hes had several discussions about the game, including playing at a neutral site.

Its a possibility, he said. We have some things in the works, but we have some things that were waiting on. Well see. I dont know how long thats going to be before we have our fourth opponent that year.

There are options.

Iowa has 12 games spread over 14 weeks in 2014. After playing its four non-conference games in succession, including the finale at Pittsburgh on Sept. 20, Iowa has an open date on Sept. 27, then plays at Wisconsin on Oct. 4. Iowa follows with another open date on Oct. 11. That means Iowa will go four consecutive weeks without a home game that season.Abbott said there are no discussions or plans to move a game to compensate for the odd scheduling.

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