Iowa Hawkeyes To Play UCLA In Pasadena In 2024

Rose Bowl stadium sign in Pasadena, California

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(Undated) -- The Iowa Hawkeye football team will play UCLA next year, in Pasadena. The Big Ten is releasing schedules for the next five seasons including conference newcomers UCLA, USC, Washington, and Oregon. UCLA's home stadium is the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Iowa will host Nebraska, Northwestern, Washington, and Wisconsin in 2024. The Hawkeyes will travel to Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and UCLA. In non-conference play, Iowa hosts Illinois State, Iowa State in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, and Troy.

In 2025, Iowa’s five league home games include Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Oregon, and Penn State. The Hawkeyes travel to Nebraska, Rutgers, USC, and Wisconsin. Nonconference contests include Florida Atlantic and Massachusetts visiting Kinnick Stadium and the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game at Iowa State.

The Hawkeyes will make their first visits to Washington and Oregon as members of the Big Ten Conference in 2026 and 2027, respectively.

The Iowa Athletic Department states the 2024 football season will debut the Flex Protect XVIII model, which features a combination of protected opponents. Each season, the Hawkeyes maintain rivalry games with Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Iowa is the only Big Ten team to maintain contests with three protected rivals.

The scheduling model balances annual travel by distance, regions of the conference, and time zones. The format maintains control and flexibility as the college football postseason format evolves, with the goal of creating access for programs into an expanded College Football Playoff. It also balances historic competitiveness and recent competitive trends, including home/away balance of traditionally competitive schools. -Iowa Athletic Department

Beginning with the 2024 season, the annual Big Ten Championship Game will feature the top two teams in the overall standings at the end of the regular season.

• Iowa last met USC in the 2019 Holiday Bowl (W, 49-24)

• The Hawkeyes last played UCLA in the 1986 Rose Bowl (L, 45-28)

• Iowa last met Oregon in Eugene in 1994 (L, 40-18)

• The Hawkeyes last played Washington in the 1995 Sun Bowl (W, 38-18)

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