Iowa and Northwestern battle for position in the Big Ten West on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Ryan Field. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Iowa (4-2, 1-2) – coming off a bye week – lost a pair of close games to start the Big Ten season before rallying for a 45-16 win against Illinois. Penn State scored a touchdown on the game’s final play to beat Iowa 21-19 at Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 23. A week later, two fumbles and a rough rushing performance doomed the Hawkeyes in a 17-10 loss at Michigan State.
Northwestern (3-3, 1-2) lost to Wisconsin 33-24 and Penn State 31-7 before beating Maryland 37-21. Iowa leads the series against Northwestern 50-25-3. Northwestern won 38-31 last year in Iowa City.
Iowa-Northwestern game time, details
Iowa and Northwestern play at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 21.
- Time: 12 p.m. ET kickoff
- Date: Saturday, October 21
- Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill.
- Weather: 66 degrees with winds from the south at 10-20 m.p.h.
- The line: Iowa -1
What TV channel is Iowa-Northwestern on?
ESPN2 televises the 79th meeting between the Hawkeyes and Wildcats. Jason Benetti calls play-by-play, Kelly Stouffer provides analysis and Kris Budden patrols the sidelines.
How can I watch Iowa-Northwestern online?
ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app provide live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Northwestern on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 135/XM channel 195. For Iowa action, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For the Wildcat point of view, Dave Eanet, Ted Albrecht and Adam Hoge call the action on 720 AM (WGN-Chicago). Click here for other Northwestern radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also provides radio coverage.
How can I buy Iowa-Northwestern tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com. Or visit street vendors outside Ryan Field along Central Avenue in Evanston.
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The Big Ten’s longest-tenured coaches go head-to-head for the 12th consecutive season in a heated, yet respectful, rivalry.
Iowa (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) remains on the fringe of the Big Ten West Division race, while Northwestern (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) seeks to make a push toward a third straight season that ends with a bowl game.
The Wildcats won last year’s battle 38-31 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won the three previous games, including a 40-10 triumph in 2015 when both teams were ranked in the top 20. In the 11 previous meetings between Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, the Wildcats hold a 6-5 advantage.
Both coaches expect a fierce battle.
“Typical of Northwestern, you pretty much know what to expect,” Ferentz said. “They’re a good football team, they’ve got good players. This is a veteran Northwestern team. They’re very well-coached, play hard start to finish, and like you’d expect, it’s going to be a 60-minute ball game.”
“There is consistency, there is toughness, there is physicality,” Fitzgerald said. “There are playmakers across the board in all three phases. A lot of consistency when you think about Iowa. A lot of physicality.”
The teams feature two of the league’s best running backs. Northwestern’s Justin Jackson became the leading rusher in school history last week at 4,639 yards to move into ninth place in Big Ten annals. He needs just 47 carries to become the fifth player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 career carries. Jackson has faced Iowa three times and rushed for a combined 295 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last year, he ran for 171 yards and scored on a 58-yard run.
“He’s one of the best backs to play in our conference,” Ferentz said.
Iowa is led by running back Akrum Wadley, who ranks 10th in Iowa history with 2,246 rushing yards. His 5.6 yards per carry rank third among Iowa running backs with at least 2,000 career rushes, behind Shonn Greene and Tavian Banks (5.9). In three games against Northwestern, Wadley has 345 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2015, Wadley rank for 204 yards and tied a school record with 4 rushing touchdowns.
“I think the best game was the Northwestern game that I played,” Wadley said. “That was probably at the top of the list.
“That was like a turning point. Yeah, that was my first and only 200-yard game. … So far.”
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