It’s time once again for the Iowa vs. Iowa State showdown for the Cy-Hawk trophy. This year’s game will take place from Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, IA and as opposed to year’s past, no one really knows what to expect in this one. The oddsmakers have Iowa favored by two points, but you can throw that line out the window. It’s really anyone’s guess as to what will go down on Saturday night. You can chalk up the uncertainty to the fact that it’s a rivalry game, but the harsh reality, is that both teams aren’t that great.
Iowa and Iowa State both suffered opening week losses to teams that they would have easily beat in years past. Safe to say, it wasn’t the note either fan base was hoping to start out on. ISU had an early bye week to try and get better, while the Hawks basically won by default against a much lesser opponent in Missouri State last week.
To further complicate things, both squads will trot out young quarterbacks (Jake Rudock-Iowa, Sam Richardson-ISU) without much ‘big game’ experience under their belts.
The Cyclones definitely have an edge with home field advantage. You can bet your life savings that the ISU faithful will be jacked up and ready for this one. The game is sold out and Jack Trice Stadium is going to make things extremely tough on the Hawkeyes.
So what should fans realistically expect to happen on the field in this one?
The smart money is that it will be a low-scoring affair. The over/under is set at 49 and I’d be really shocked if the total score even gets in the neighborhood of the projection.
It’s going to be ugly at times, but the game won’t lack passion or drama. Just like the last two installments, this one should go down to the wire and the team that steps up when it matters most, will walk away with state bragging rights for another year.