Iowa State football announces future home-and-homes with Bowling Green, Tulane

Wide receiver, Tarique Milton, runs the ball down the field during the football game against University of Akron at Jack Trice Stadium on Sept. 22. The Cyclones won 26-13.

Noah Rohlfing

Iowa State football is headed to The Crescent City in 2029 and an old stamping ground of coach Matt Campbell’s in 2027. 

The Cyclones announced a new pair of home-and-home series for the years 2026 through 2029 on Tuesday. The Cyclones will host the Bowling Green Falcons in 2026 before heading to Ohio in 2027. 

In 2028, the Tulane Green Wave will visit Ames before the Cyclones head down to New Orleans for the 2029 contest. 

The Falcons are a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), where Campbell used to coach with the Toledo Rockets (the Falcons and Rockets are major rivals, playing each season in a trophy game titled the “Battle of I-75”). Bowling Green is 1-4 on the season.

Tulane, Iowa State’s 2028-29 opponent, is one of the most prestigious schools in the Southeast. The Green Wave play in the American Athletic Conference, and are 2-3 on the season. They’re also a fan of many on Twitter for their “Angry Wave” logo. 

The Cyclones now have at least one opponent scheduled through the 2029 season, with multiple trips to mid-major schools on the books. 

In 2021, the Cyclones will conclude a home-and-home with the UNLV Rebels in Las Vegas. In 2023, the schedule consists of a trip to Athens, Ohio to take on the Ohio University Bobcats. 

In 2025, a home-and-home with the Arkansas State Red Wolves concludes with a trip to Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

Road trips to smaller schools are becoming more common-place among Power 5 programs, with Miami (Fla.) playing at Toledo and Oklahoma State visiting South Alabama in the 2018 season alone.

In the announcement, Pollard said, “the series with Bowling Green allows our program to continue to make inroads in Ohio where coach Campbell and his staff have strategic recruiting ties.”

“We are also very excited for our fans to have an opportunity to travel with us on the road to New Orleans when we play Tulane in 2029,” Pollard said.