Friday's Iowa State sports links

"There are a lot of similarities. The differences are really small."
Cyclones, Hawkeyes more alike than different
Des Moines Register

"I feel so confident, I'll probably be out shopping today for a new shirt. This is a sure thing for my side."
Ames, Iowa City mayors have wager
Des Moines Register

"The spirit and attitude and the chemistry he brought to our team - it meant an awful lot to us then, and it still does. We do share that (letter). It's part of the tradition of the series."
Cortez still an inspiration to Cyclones of today
Waterloo Courier

"Some of my best times when I was growing up were of going to Kinnick and watching the Hawkeyes beat up on somebody. When you grow up in Iowa City, the thing to do on Saturday afternoons in the fall is to go watch the Hawks."
For Butler, Greving Saturday's game takes on special meaning
Quad City Times

"I think everybody on both sides has to try to keep things in perspective. When you play in a conference, those games are very important, too. But any time you talk about an instate rivalry, if you're human and you live in the state, you can't help but feel a little extra excitement. I think it's a healthy thing."
Iowa State-Iowa a big game, but both teams have long season to play
Quad City Times

College choice turns out to be a good one for Benike
Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa City, Ames natives switch allegiances
Cedar Rapids Gazette

"It's what I've been used to. It got great attention, it was a lot of fun at the end of the season last year. Both already had clinched winning seasons and basically had clinched some kind of bowl berth. That made it fun. But my preference is to play it right now."
Cyclone coach likes game right when it is
Omaha World Herald

"Somebody asked me, 'now tell me truthfully, who are you going to root for?'" Pat said. "I said, 'What? Who are you going to root for?' And I said, ‘Well, let me tell you something. That's my own flesh and blood for God's sake. I'm not going to root against him at any time. I love every bit of him.'"
McCarney family roots on Cyclones
Iowa City Press-Citizen

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