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First early game 'refreshing' for Hawkeyes

Iowa gets first 11 a.m. kick in sixth game of the season

IOWA CITY, Iowa. - For the first time this season, the Hawkeyes are going to have to set their alarms on a Saturday morning. 

Iowa kicks off against Indiana at 11 a.m. CT, but for a team that practices in the morning all season long, the guys actually say they're excited to get the juices flowing a little earlier.

"We're kind of used to getting up early, getting up early and starting our work," Iowa sophomore offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs said. "It might be better, you know, but for me it will be nice because I just want to get out there and start playing. You don't have to sit around in the hotel all day, you know?"

"Gonna be actually kind of refreshing to have an 11 o'clock game," Iowa junior cornerback Michael Ojemudia said. "Just getting the game done early, you know, not having the anxiety of the gameplan of the whole day. Just show up, get your business done, and then go home."

"I kind of hate sitting around in the hotel," Iowa senior safety Jake Gervase said. "It doesn't change how I go about my business or how I feel about the game itself. You know what it used to be all the time was that 11 o'clock kickoff, so I'm looking forward to getting after it a little earlier in the morning and getting that opportunity to go out there and play at 11 o'clock."

Only a handful of players on this year's roster made the trip the last time the Hawks played in Bloomington in 2015. Iowa of course won that game on their way to the Big Ten West title. 

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