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Iowa running back Mark Weisman against Missouri State
Iowa @ Iowa State 6 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1
The question of this game: Will the winner score more points than Vodka_samm has drinks? I’ll just answer that and say “no.”
The battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy seems to be an even game as of late.
The Iowa Hawkeyes lost a heartbreaker to Northern Illinois in Week 1, 30-27, but was able to get their first win since last October against FCS opponent Missouri State, 28-14.
There is promise at the quarterback position with new starter Jake Rudock, but the offense is still going to be an issue. At least the Hawkeyes can rely on running back Mark Weisman to make plays from the backfield. Once again, though, a lot of pressure will be on the defense to win games.
Many Cyclone fans found it amusing that hated in-state rival Iowa had lost to BCS qualifier Northern Illinois in the afternoon of Week 1, but by the end of the night, they had been upset by FCS opponent Northern Iowa, 28-20.
Iowa State is coming off a bye week and will be looking to bounce back and defeat Iowa for the third consecutive time.
Cyclone quarterback Sam Richardson has more experience than Rudock and is more of a threat to defenses because of his dual-threat ability. He also has Justin Coleman as a solid target in the passing game.
This matchup will be all about field position. It won’t be as low as the 9-6 score from 2012, but expect another low-scoring affair with both teams playing tough defensively.
Every year, this is a tough pick. I’ve picked the Hawkeyes the past two years, and they’ve lost. Hopefully, a third time's a charm.
Prediction: Iowa 20, Iowa State 17