On Thursday, the University of Iowa announced that it will be opening future seasons vs. the Illinois State Redbirds and the North Dakota State Bison.
Iowa will play host to the Redbirds on September 5, 2015, a game that will open the season. That will be the first meeting between the two schools. Illinois State head coach Brock Spack has played Iowa in the past during his playing and coaching days while at Purdue.
In 2016, Iowa welcomes North Dakota State to Kinnick Stadium. The game will open the season and is slated for September 3. It is reported that the Bison will receive $500,000 for the trip down to Iowa City.
It should be noted that these games are not set in stone. With the current expansion talks, the Hawkeyes and other Big Ten teams may be forced to withdraw a game from their non-conference schedule should they go to a 10 game conference slate or go to 9 games sooner than expected. However, it looks like for now, Hawkeye fans will welcome the Bison and Redbirds starting in 2015.