The Iowa Hawkeyes kicked off the 2021 football season with a bang with a 34-6 victory over the previously 17th-placed Indiana Hoosiers. While most seasons would see such a high-profile early-season victory spark optimism and momentum, this season brings a new set of challenges.
After the big win in Week 1, the Hawkeyes will look for their first victory against ranked opponents in consecutive weeks since 2004. The trip to Ames will mark only the 15th time in the Kirk Ferentz era that the Hawkeyes will face ranked foes in consecutive weeks. Iowa has lost at least one such matchup in 13 of the previous 14 instances.
Here’s a preview of this week’s game.
Date: Saturday September 11
Weather: 3:30 p.m. CT
Match: #ten Iowa Hawkeye (1-0, 1-0) at No. 9 Iowa State Cyclones (1-0, 0-0)
Location: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
Preliminary weather forecast: partly cloudy with a high of 87.5% chance of rain
Opening line: Iowa State -4.5, O/U 45
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The Hawkeyes and Cyclones have faced each other 67 times in series history. Since 1977, gambling has been an annual affair. The streak began with three Iowa Agricultural College (ISU) wins in 1894, 1895, and 1897. The Hawkeyes lost the latter in 1997. They went on to win the next five straight games. Iowa held a 15-7 lead over the Cyclones when it was suspended in 1921. The two programs played each other twice more between 1921 and 1976, with each team winning one home game between 1933-34.
Iowa currently holds a five-game winning streak in the series. That’s tied for the second-longest streak in the series behind the Hawkeyes’ 15-game streak from 1983-1997. Iowa has won six of the last seven and nine of the last 12 meetings.
With the Hawkeyes jumping into the top 10 in the AP Poll this week and Iowa State dropping just two spots to No. 9 after their Week 1 scare against UNI, the Cy-Hawk game will feature a pair of teams of the AP top 10 for the first time in series history this week. The Cyclones enter Saturday’s contest ranked for only the second time in series history. Iowa State won the only other game that featured an ISU-ranked team when the No. 20 Cyclones beat the Hawkeyes 31-0 in Iowa City in 1978.
Current head coach Matt Campbell has never beaten Iowa.