Iowa Football: Breaking Down the Matchups as the Hawkeyes Take on the Cyclones

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Iowa Football: Breaking Down the Matchups as the Hawkeyes Take on the Cyclones

This week, the Iowa Hawkeyes will face the Iowa State Cyclones in the 35th meeting of these interstate rivals.

This will be the first time since the renewing of the series in 1977 that there won't be a permanent trophy. The reason there won't be a permanent trophy is because the Iowa Corn Growers Association is too narcissistic, self-congratulating and just plain stupid to consider that a weak Norman Rockwell sculpture (yes, I realize Norman Rockwell didn't sculpt) doesn't make for a good football trophy.

In truth, they should go back to lobbying Congress to make corn syrup a "vegetable" and stay out of football, but that's not going to happen.

The inevitable end result is that we'll be stuck with some silly trophy that is only slightly less obnoxious than the recently-shelved one when the best thing the Cy-Hawk Trophy could do is retire.

Of course, the trophy doesn't take away from a great game and a great football series that I can only hope doesn't end with the Big Ten's expansion to nine conference games.

Nonetheless, that expansion won't happen until 2017, and until then, Iowa and Iowa State fans will still play for yearly bragging rights.

This season, as is usual, Iowa is the heavy favorite. Vegas is currently giving Iowa seven points. As with last week, I wouldn't take those odds, primarily because you can usually throw the spread out with this game.

Despite Kirk Ferentz's recent domination over the Clones, there is always a lingering fear that Iowa State will play like they're the Pittsburgh Steelers just for this game. Or conversely, Iowa will choke and play like they are the Dubuque School for the Blind.

On the other hand, if Iowa does win, they will probably win by more than seven.

Either way, there are always some intriguing, if not tangible, matchups in this game, and here are a few of them.

Of note, with an Iowa win, the only two true seniors left on the team—Shaun Prater and Brad Herman—will have never experienced a loss to ISU.

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