2011 non-league schedule finalized

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Iowa State will open its 2011 football season on a Saturday night.

Northern Iowa will be next fall’s season lid-lifter on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Cyclones and Panthers were originally scheduled to play on Sept. 24, 2011. The last time Iowa State opened its home season on a Saturday was 2005.

In addition to moving UNI to the first game, Iowa State also agreed to drop its game with Utah (originally set for Thursday, Sept. 1). It will not be re-scheduled.

Both the Cyclones and Utes will be playing nine-game conference schedules beginning next season and needed to drop a non-league game. With the departure of Colorado and Nebraska from the Big 12, future conference schedules will include a full round-robin, nine-game slate. Utah is moving to the Pac-10, which already plays a nine-game conference schedule.

Iowa State’s 2011 pre-league slate will now include: Northern Iowa (Sept. 3), Iowa (Sept. 10) and at UConn (Sept. 17).

Big 12 administrators hope to finalize the conference portion of future football schedules soon. League meetings are being held this week.

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