Iowa State's 2006 Schedule Is Taking Shape

Iowa State's 2006 football schedule is almost finalized. The Cyclones have come to a three year agreement with Northern Iowa to fulfill its need for a 12th game next season.

Iowa State's schedule has been tentatively finalized for the 2006 season. ISU athletics director Bruce Van De Velde announced that the Cyclones have reached a three year agreement for football games in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons with Northern Iowa.


The agreement will fulfill Iowa State's need for a 12th game next season.  


"I think it's a tremendous opportunity because it's a good instate 1-AA program that we can play," Van De Velde said. "It keeps the money in state and allows a lot of Iowa kids on both programs to play in front of hometown fans and family so we're excited about the series."


The Northern Iowa agreement also opens up other schedule changes for the Cyclones. Iowa State's game against Texas has been moved from Sept. 30 to Sept. 23 for a national television audience.


Van De Velde also announced that a replacement has been found for the home Army game that was scheduled for Sept. 2. When Iowa State signed the contract with Army the two schools agreed to play a home and away, but since Army has decided they don't want to play an away game in 2006.


"I'm very disappointed that Army didn't fulfill their end of the contract and return the game," Van De Velde said.


Instead the Cyclones will be playing Eastern Michigan for its 2006 opener. Army will have to make up the financial difference to Iowa State.


"Army was going to return the game for $125,000 which is what we're getting to go there," Van De Velde said. "We're a year out from 2006 so it was really hard to find a 1-A home game but we were able to find Eastern Michigan and they're going to come here for $450,000 so Army will have to make up the difference."


With a lot of colleges already having their 2006 schedules finalized Van De Velde said Iowa State was lucky to find Eastern Michigan.


"[I was] very worried," he said. "We made hundreds of calls and we found a lot of 1-A openings but they were all looking for home games, they were against schools like LSU and USC."


Van De Velde said that was something Iowa State didn't want to do because of the balance of the Cyclones schedule; Texas and Oklahoma will come back on Iowa State's schedule next year.


2006 Tentative Iowa State Football Schedule


Sept. 2           Eastern Michigan

Sept. 9           UNLV

Sept. 16         @ Iowa

Sept. 23         @ Texas (TV)

Sept. 30         Northern Iowa

Oct. 7             Nebraska

Oct. 14           @ Oklahoma

Oct. 21           Texas Tech

Oct. 28           @ Kansas State

Nov. 4             Kansas

Nov. 11          @ Colorado

Nov. 18          Missouri

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