Top 10 Big Ten Nonconference Games In 2014

May 10, 2014 5:36 AM EST

No. 9: Iowa at Pittsburgh

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.