Oct. 7, 2010

Double-check your 2011 calendars

by Erin Rosacker

Event planners who thought they had worked around ISU home football games in 2011 should take another look at their calendars. When Nebraska and Colorado announced plans to leave the Big 12 Conference this summer, officials had to rework their schedules for a 10-team league.

To accommodate the conference changes, several home game weekends and opponents were altered. Perhaps the biggest switch is a Saturday Cyclone home opener, instead of a Thursday date on the calendar since 2005.

Instead of just eight conference opponents, each team now will face every league foe annually. Iowa State dropped one nonconference game (at Utah) from its preliminary 2011 schedule to make room for a full slate of Big 12 opponents.

2011 ISU football schedule

Sept. 3 Northern Iowa
Sept. 10 Iowa
Sept. 17 at Connecticut
Oct. 1 Texas (tentative Family Weekend date)
Oct. 8 at Baylor
Oct. 15 at Missouri
Oct. 22 Texas A&M (tenative Homecoming date)
Oct. 29 at Texas Tech
Nov. 5 Kansas
Nov. 12 at Oklahoma
Nov. 19 Oklahoma State
Nov. 26 at Kansas State