The Iowa vs. Iowa State rivalry isn’t usually one of those at the center of the college football universe. That changes this weekend.
ESPN’s College GameDay makes its first-ever trip to Ames for the event. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones are a combined 3-0 entering the game, though Iowa State had a real scare, outlasting FCS Northern Iowa in Week 1, and is coming off of a bye.
Iowa took down Miami (Ohio) in Week 1, and shutout Rutgers 30-0 this past weekend. The Hawkeyes are No. 19 in the country heading into Week 3.
Heading into the Week, ESPN‘s Football Power Index has updated its percentage-based win prediction for the game. It has Iowa with a 57.7-percent chance to win this one on the road.
The gambling spread for the game is current set at Iowa -2, at most sportsbooks.
The in-state rivalry dates all the way back to 1894, when the Cyclones won the inaugural game in the series 16-8. Iowa’s had the historical edge in the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy.
The Hawkeyes own the all-time series record 44-22, and are riding a four-game winning streak in the rivalry. the Cyclones last won in 2014, 20-17.
The two sides met regularly in the early 20th century, but the rivalry had a long pause between 1934 and 1977. The Cy-Hawk Trophy was established when the rivalry was revived, and the two teams have met every year since.