The Akron Zips and the Iowa State Cyclones have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2018 and 2019, ISU announced today via Twitter.
Iowa State will host Akron at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Sept. 22, 2018. The final game of the series will have the Zips hosting the Cyclones at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field in Akron on Sept. 7, 2019.
The 2018 contest will be the first ever meeting between Akron and Iowa State. Akron is 0-1 against the Big 12 after a 67-0 loss to Kansas State in 1995. Iowa State is 23-4 overall against teams from the MAC.
Iowa State was previously scheduled to play the Navy Midshipmen on the same two dates in 2018 and 2019. It appears that Navy has canceled the series and the Cyclones have replaced them with Akron. Since Navy is joining the Big East in 2015, they have several games and series to cancel from 2015 forward.
In 2018, Iowa State is also slated to travel to in-state rival Iowa and host Northern Illinois. In 2019, the Cyclones are scheduled to host Iowa.
Iowa State is the first announced opponent for Akron for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons.