"The Iowa State-Iowa game is a fantastic rivalry and fantastic game to be a part of. It's a special week for all of us here at Iowa State. It's my 21st Iowa State-Iowa game that I've been a part of. I have a real good feel of the importance of this game and how much fun it is to be a part of. It's a game of great magnitude. Both programs are really doing well right now. Over last year and the start of this year, between Iowa State and Iowa, we've won 18 games and play in two fabulous conferences in the Big 12 and Big 10. It's a very unique matchup in state, with two conferences like that."
"(Brad Banks) is just playing with a lot of confidence. He has the same kind of completion average and efficiency as Seneca Wallace is. He's over 65 and nearly 66 percent on his completion average with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He's playing with confidence and is very efficient. It's a major, major improvement over last year. He was getting playing time, but (Kyle) McCann was really the starter last year. But he has really stepped it up in these first two games."
"I'm sure (Aaron Greving will probably play), but I have not seen any drop-off whatsoever. Their running backs can play. Fred Russell is averaging 160 yards through two games with a seven-yard average. Jermelle Lewis has three touchdowns and is averaging 72 yards a game and 6.5 yards per carry. It's obvious that Kirk (Ferentz) and his staff have recruited well over there. Whoever is on the field is going to be tough to stop at running back for Iowa."
"I don't think there is any question that both programs have improved. It's been very competitive on the field and in the recruiting circles here in the state of Iowa and everywhere else. We're just glad that it's a rivalry again. It's no secret that there was no rivalry here for 15 years. The rivalry is alive and well."
"Both programs should be very proud of what they've built. There has been a lot of progress made over the last couple years with both schools. There's no way that you can project or predict that these are the best teams that either one of us have had. That evaluation will be made at the end of the season. I know they're an outstanding football team."
"They've got a great system, know what they're doing and the staff's been in place. They're very physical. That's the best offensive line Kirk has had since he's been there. They've got playmakers at wide receiver, defensive back, quarterback, running back and linebacker. Their team speed is real good. And they've got one of the best kickers in all of college football in Nate Kaeding. The pieces are in place and they're going to be a major challenge for us."
"(Brandon Brown) will be fine. Fortunately we came out of the game the other night without any serious injuries. Our starting unit should be intact for the game and we're going to need everybody."
"We seem to like the underdog role here regardless of who we're playing year in and year out. I don't have any problem with that and am not a bit surprised. Iowa has played great football at home each of the last couple seasons and it's going to be a real big challenge for us. The players read newspapers and have radio and television. They keep track of that stuff better than I do."
"Both quarterbacks are really playing outstanding football. You've got two real good units of running backs at both schools. Iowa's offensive line is a lot more veteran than ours is here at Iowa State. Both teams appear to have good players at wide receiver. Dallas Clark, their tight end, is one of the better players around."
"You look at history and the games in recent years, I think everybody thought there was going to be some fairly high-scoring games and there really hasn't been. I think it has been dominated more by defense than offense in recent years. Both defenses have legitimately played real good. I didn't see or sense real bad offense, bad execution or all kinds of turnovers. The games have been real clean overall, but the defenses have really played well and the games have been lower scoring."