(STATS) - Northern Iowa will try to kick off a second consecutive season with a win at Iowa State before playing five home games as part of its 11-game 2017 schedule that was announced Tuesday.
The Panthers won at Iowa State 25-20 this past season and will begin the 2017 schedule with the 31st all-time meeting between the intrastate rivals on either Aug. 31 or Sept. 2.
They will play Cal Poly in their home opener at the UNI-Dome on Sept. 9 as well as host four Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents: Western Illinois (Oct. 7), Youngstown State (Oct. 21), South Dakota (Nov. 4) and Indiana State (Nov. 18).
UNI finished 5-6 under coach Mark Farley in 2016.
2017 Northern Iowa Schedule
Aug 31 or Sept. 2, at Iowa State
Sept. 9, Cal Poly
Sept. 16 - at Southern Utah
Sept. 30 - at Southern Illinois*
Oct. 7 - Western Illinois*
Oct. 14 - at South Dakota State*
Oct. 21 - Youngstown State*
Oct. 28 - at North Dakota State*
Nov. 4 - South Dakota*
Nov. 11 - at Missouri State*
Nov. 18 - Indiana State*
* - Missouri Valley Football Conference game