Purdue and Iowa soon to be two football strangers that pass in the night

Members of the Purdue Marching Band and the "World's Largest Drum" perform at the Ohio State/Purdue NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Save your sentimentality for sure cities, songs or sweethearts.

Huge Ten soccer? It’s much less sentimental than a rushing ticket.

Purdue performs Iowa Saturday, because it has every year since 2011. They’ve been in the identical division within the Huge Ten’s 10-year historical past of divisional soccer play, which ends after this season.

This would be the 94th recreation between the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers. Solely Minnesota (116 instances) and Wisconsin (96) have performed Iowa extra.

Thursday, the Huge Ten launched its soccer opponents for its groups for 2024 via 2028. Whereas the Hawkeyes have protected rivalries with Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, Purdue out of the blue turns into estranged from Iowa with no recreation in opposition to the Hawkeyes till 2026 and none in West Lafayette till 2028.

Iowa will play USC extra within the subsequent 5 years than it faces Illinois and Northwestern, and can play in Los Angeles 3 times (USC twice, UCLA as soon as) in that interval to only as soon as at Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.

After this 12 months, there shall be no Illinois-Iowa video games till 2026 and none in Iowa Metropolis till 2028. Does that not appear odd?

Many is the fan who drives to Hawkeye street video games. You wish to do this subsequent 12 months, get your Iowa-Minnesota tickets ASAP. Iowa’s different 4 league journeys are to Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and UCLA.

Eighteen groups, no divisions. Everybody will play one another not less than twice per 5-year span, as soon as at dwelling.

In fact, the belief the Huge Ten will lower off growth and be proud of 18 faculties is naive. The 2024 schedule would be the third the league has issued. The primary was assembled in 2018, 4 years earlier than USC and UCLA joined the combo. The second got here after their arrival. Then Oregon and Washington jumped off the Pac-12’s sinking ship.

Any day now, Iowa’s 2024 Huge Ten schedule might embrace Bishop Sycamore, the College of Woolamaloo and Starfleet Academy.

At first, Northwestern and Maryland had been coming to Kinnick together with locked-in Nebraska and Wisconsin. Then, it was UCLA and Maryland, with Northwestern tossed out.

Now, Northwestern is again, with Washington, and we will see no indicators of Maryland or UCLA. In reality, the Hawkeyes will play each of these groups on the street subsequent 12 months as a part of their 2024 “Hawks Throughout America Tour.”

For these saying Iowa is returning to the Rose Bowl, that technically is true given it’s UCLA’s dwelling stadium. However don’t name a UCLA soccer recreation in Pasadena “the Rose Bowl.” It’s extra like one thing one would possibly stumble upon when attending the neighboring Rose Bowl Flea Market.

UCLA’s first two dwelling crowds this season had been 43,705 and 38,343. In the event you name UCLA to ask what time its dwelling recreation in opposition to Indiana is subsequent 12 months, the reply is “What time are you able to get right here?”

When Iowa performs at UCLA subsequent 12 months, it could have as many followers because the Bruins. As Los Angeles leisure choices go, UCLA soccer ranks between attending tapings of “The Worth is Proper” and excursions of the La Brea Tar Pits.

It’s most likely higher for the Hawkeyes to get Washington at dwelling subsequent 12 months than this one. Michael Penix Jr. has thrown for 16 touchdowns and 1,999 yards within the Huskies’ first 5 video games this season, all wins.

Penix is a sixth-year senior who spent his first 4 seasons at Indiana whereas nothing a lot occurred there. Then he went to Seattle, and has thrown 47 landing passes in 18 video games.

His group, and the Pac-12’s higher crust, play a recreation with which the Huge Ten usually is unfamiliar.

Iowa, alternatively, has simply 12 TD passes in its final 18 video games. However issues can change. Just like the 2024 schedule.

For now, USC, Oregon and Washington are a mixed 15-0 getting into this weekend. USC leads the nation in scoring at 53.6 factors per recreation. Oregon is second at 51.6, Washington fourth at 46.0. The three have a mixed 56 landing passes.

Sentimentality and nostalgia might grow to be plentiful in relation to Iowa soccer sooner or later. Oh, for the time when you can play Illinois, Northwestern and Purdue each season.

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