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Top 10 Big Ten Nonconference Games In 2014

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Iowa QB Jake Rudock leads the Hawkeyes, who must beat Pitt to meet lofty 2014 goals. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images.
Iowa QB Jake Rudock leads the Hawkeyes, who must beat Pitt to meet lofty 2014 goals. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images.

Date: Sept. 20
Location: Pittsburgh

Iowa had a successful 2013 and will looking for a big year. The trip to Pittsburgh will be a key point in the season.

The Hawkeyes open with three straight home games, including one against rival Iowa State. They should be 3-0 heading into the game against the Panthers.

This is a crucial game for the perception of the Hawkeyes program, a program that has taken a hit in recent years.

A 4-0 start against a Pitt team getting some respect will force the conference to take them seriously as a contender.