Iowa to play back-loaded football schedule in 2014

Iowa will play five games in November but just twice in October in 2014.

The Big Ten released its revamped football schedule on Thursday, which in 2014 will include new members Maryland and Rutgers.

The Hawkeyes play just one home game in the first five weekends of Big Ten play - but they'll get two bye weeks.

Iowa will play Purdue, Maryland, Minnesota and Illinois on the road and host Indiana, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

The conference will split into East and West divisions after this season, with the Hawkeyes in the West division.

Iowa is scheduled to open with home games against Northern Iowa, Ball State, Iowa State before a road trip to Pitt.

The Hawkeyes begin this season on Aug. 31 against Northern Illinois.