Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones Game Center

It wasn’t always pretty, well, actually it was never pretty. Like, at all. But Iowa came away with a week-long win over South Dakota State 7-3. No, there were no touchdowns on offense, but the Hawkeye defense outplayed the Jackrabbits single-handedly.

Now, Iowa moves into a second week of confrontation with rival Iowa State. The Cyclones are fresh off a 42-10 thrashing of Southeast Missouri State in their season opener and are sure to be confident heading into Iowa City this weekend.

Here’s a first look at what you need to know about this week’s game.

Date: Saturday September 10
Time: 3:00 p.m. CT
Match: Iowa State Cyclones (1-0, 0-0) at Iowa Hawkeye (1-0, 0-0)
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Preliminary weather forecast: sunny with temps in the high 70s, 20% chance of rain
DraftKings opening line: Iowa -3.5, -180ML, O/U 41.5

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Saturday’s game will be the 69th meeting between the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones. Iowa holds the all-time series lead 46-22. The Hawkeyes enter the weekend on a six-game winning streak. Although there have been six straight wins for Iowa, it’s actually been seven years since the Cyclones won a series win as the 2020 game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current six-game winning streak is the second-longest in series history. The longest streak came from 1983 to 1997 when the Hawkeyes won 15 straight under legendary head coach Hayden Fry. Iowa State’s longest winning streak in the series came from 1998 to 2002 at the start of the Kirk Ferentz era for Iowa. The Cyclones have won five straight in that span under head coach Dan McCarney.

Ferentz is 13-10 against Iowa State in his 23 seasons as Iowa head coach. He will face Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell on Saturday, who is 0-5 in his seasons at Ames.

Pre-season preparation work

As we head into kick-off, be sure to check out our pre-season preview for this week’s game. There are plenty of important details and unique looks at this week’s opponent, including this excellent set of stats:

37% of Return of Iowa State production in 2021: They’re spinning a lot of guys, especially compared to Iowa’s 76% mark, which puts 106 teams between them in the tied standings. While there’s reason to be skeptical of this brand – would you rather return 100% of Spencer Petras and Alex Padilla’s production or 0% of Brock Purdy’s – it does indicate how well Campbell still has work to do to bring his group up to date.

45 starts: The difference in back-to-back starts that presumptive ISU starting quarterback Hunter Dekkers will have against his predecessor, Brock Purdy, at 46. The 46 represents about as much continuity as a quarterback program can have in NCAA football today.

29 bags: The career number for Edge rusher, Will McDonald…

The latter is probably Hawkeye fans’ biggest concern. Iowa’s offense is clearly at the center of Week 2 and, while the Hawkeyes are still looking to establish the run first, allowing quarterback Spencer Petras to put his feet up and make clean throws is a focal point for the rest of the season.

Iowa’s offensive line was a proverbial revolving door in Week 1, and McDonald could single-handedly destroy any hope of success in the Week 2 passing game.

Staff prediction: Iowa Win, 70% of votes

Fan prediction: Iowa Win, 87% of the votes

BizarroMath Prediction: Iowa State 24.74, Iowa 21.23 (ISU -3.51); 44.37% chance of winning in Iowa

Stay tuned all week as we dig deeper into the players, games and stats you need to know as the Hawkeyes take on the Cyclones.