Iowa football will be in the spotlight this week, as rival Iowa State gets to play host to College GameDay for the first time. The showdown in Ames will pit two teams vying for conference title game appearances.
The Hawkeyes are off to a solid start to the year. Kirk Ferentz’s team is 2-0, and picked up its first Big Ten win of the year on Saturday, knocking off cross-division foe Rutgers 30-0.
There are a few more questions over the Cyclones start. The team was on bye this past weekend, but needed overtime to get by Northern Iowa in Week 1. The team is coming off of a breakout season, though, and has been tabbed as a contender to challenge Oklahoma and Texas for the top two spots in the conference.
Ahead of the rivalry game in Ames, Iowa has released its Week 3 depth chart.
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) September 9, 2019
There are a few minor changes involved for Iowa football, but the most interesting is probably at the quarterback position, of all places.
Obviously, Nate Stanley remains locked in at the QB1 spot. Through two games, he’s completing a shade under 64-percent of his throws, for 488 yards, and six touchdowns. He has not yet thrown an interception.
Entering the season, there wasn’t a ton of clarity behind Stanley. The QB2 was listed as Spencer Petras OR Peyton Mansell, but that has since cleared itself up. The back-up job now belongs to Petras.
The 2018 three-star recruit appeared in one game last season, throwing an incomplete pass against Maryland. In the Rutgers game on Saturday, he stepped in once things were out of hand, completing 3-of-6 throws for eight yards.
Mansell was the young quarterback getting most of the reserve work last season, appearing in five games and completing 5-of-8 throws for 83 yards and an interception in that time. Now, it looks like he’s on the outside looking in.