Iowa's college football teams are back in action today, with each of the major three teams squaring off against tough opponents.
The undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate homecoming in Iowa City with an 11 a.m. kickoff. They host the upstart Illinois Fighting Illini, which hold a 4-1 record - but with their loan loss coming on the road. The Hawks have started this year's campaign with a 5-0 record for the first time since the 2009 season, and are ranked this week (No. 22 in the most recent AP Poll) - putting to end a drought in the rankings that stretched back to 2010. Iowa returns home after pulling off a big 10-6 win over Wisconsin in Madison last weekend.
Iowa State takes to the road once more for a second consecutive conference away game, testing a 2-2 record against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders pose a fitting challenge for the Cyclones, as they are 3-2 on the year, and nearly beat national power Texas Christian in Lubbock two weeks ago. ISU comes in fresh off of a big win at Kansas last week, taking down the Jayhawks by a score of 38-13 last Saturday. Today's game begins at 2:30 this afternoon.
The Northern Iowa Panthers remain a power in the FCS despite a rough 21-13 loss to Illinois State last week, and are back in white for a third straight road game taking on a ranked foe. Today, they visit the defending FCS national champion and current No. 3 North Dakota State Bison. The Panthers have enjoyed a spirited rivalry with NDSU, which included a home win last year that snapped the Bison's FCS record 33-game winning streak. UNI enters this afternoon's game with a 2-2 record, and will square off with the Bison beginning at 1 p.m.