The University of Iowa officially recognizes its first football team fielded in 1889. The 1920's saw great success for the Hawkeyes under Hall of Fame coach Howard Jones. When Jones left for USC, Iowa slipped to the bottom of their conference. 1939 saw a brief resurgence with team MVP and Heisman Winner Nile Kinnick leading the team to several upset victories and nearly to another Big Ten title. Coach Forest Evashevski would lead the Hawkeyes to their only National Championship (according to the Football Writers of America Poll) in 1958. Current coach Kirk Ferentz has his own share of honors with two Big Ten titles in the last 6 years. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Iowa Hawkeyes football tickets.
2015 Iowa Hawkeyes Season Preview
The Hawkeyes 2013 season was a major turnaround from the previous year. Iowa won 8 games, including major wins over Michigan and Nebraska. The black and gold then proceeded to take a very good LSU team down to the wire in the Outback Bowl, losing by a single score. The biggest departures for Iowa in the offseason were in the linebacking core, where the Hawkeyes lost 3 outstanding players to the NFL draft. The defense will turn to senior middle linebacker Quinton Alston to steady a unit that is now mostly underclassman. The offensive side of the ball looks to be one of the most experienced and dangerous in the Big 10. Junior quarterback Jake Rudock will operate behind an offensive line anchored by senior right tackle Andrew Donnal. Iowa has a favorable Big 10 schedule this season, and won’t play Michigan State, Michigan, or Ohio State in the regular season. The Hawkeyes will instead look to big games at home against Wisconsin and Nebraska as the high points of what looks to be a fantastic season Iowa.
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Iowa Hawkeyes Football at Kinnick Stadium Address: 1 Evashevski Dr, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242
The Iowa Hawkeyes play their home games at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. The stadium holds more than 70,500 fans. Visitors to an Iowa game at Kinnick Stadium will be awed by the recent upgrades to the venue as well as the bronze statue of Nile Kinnick, Iowa's only Heisman Trophy winner to date. A sense of Iowa's history and future are both present at a Hawkeyes game. The Iowa Hawkeyes home bench is on the Kinnick Stadium sideline with sections 122-133. Kinnick Stadium parking information is covered in our Hawkeyes event guide.
Iowa vs. Iowa State
The one and only big rivalry in the state of Iowa, the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy was renewed in 1977 after a 30+ year hiatus. Iowa has historically beaten up on the Cyclones but State has taken over since a five game winning streak from 1998-2002. Before that, the Hawkeyes had won 15 straight.
Iowa vs. Minnesota
It’s had two state Governors arguing with each other, inciting fans to take matters into their own hands, and pig betting. It’s Iowa-Minnesota! Since it became against the low to bet a live pig, the two teams now play for the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy, a bronzed pig trophy that was named by Rivals.com as the top rivalry trophy in football.
Iowa Hawkeyes in the BCS National Championship, Bowl Games, and Big Ten Championship
The Iowa Hawkeyes football program carries a very strong history, as they have been a member of the Big Ten Conference since the days of its creation. Over the years they have been a prominent force in the Big Ten earning themselves 11 Big Ten Conference Championships and over 300 conference wins. Their 25 plus bowl game appearances to go along with double digit wins demonstrates the Hawkeyes ability to win the big game. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Big 10 Conference Championship Game.
Iowa Hawkeyes Event Guide
Where are the best places to eat before an Iowa home game?
The tailgating scene outside Kinnick Stadium is one of the finest in college football. Hawkeyes fans show up early and fill the surrounding area with an array of delicious food options. Across the river in Iowa City (approximately 1 mile) is Brothers Bar & Grill and a handful of other bars.
Who are the most famous Iowa Hawkeye football alumnus?
Iowa football has a rich history dating back to 1889. The names most associated with the football team are Nile Kinnick, Alex Karras, Hayden Fry (Coach), Chuck Long and Robert Gallery.