ISU Pregame: Iowa vs. Iowa State Preview

Hawkeye Insider gets you prepared for this week's rivalry showdown with its game preview.

Iowa State at Iowa

Start Time, TV:

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the University of Iowa plays host to Iowa State University at Kinnick Stadium. Both schools are 1-0 in 2010.

Kickoff is set for 2:36 p.m. ABC will carry the game to a national TV audience. Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham will call the action. The alternate station for the game will be ESPN2. Please view this coverage map. If you live outside of the blue shaded area, the game will be on ESPN2.

Rankings, History:

The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 9 by the Associated Press and the coaches. The Cyclones are not ranked.

Iowa holds a 38-19 advantage in the series that started in 1894. The Hawkeyes have won 20 of the last 27 meetings, including the last two, three of the last four and five of the last seven.

Iowa State Tidbits:

-The Cyclones are 10-2 against the point spread in their last 12 games versus Iowa. They're 6-0 ATS in last 6 at Kinnick. They're 5-1 ATS in last 6 overall against us. The game has gone under the total the last five years.

-Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year David Sims returns to the field after a one-week suspension. The strong safety comes back against Iowa, a team he recorded a career-high 11 tackles and two interceptions against a year ago.

-The Hawkeyes are the second of eight 2009 bowl teams Iowa State will face this season. The ‘10 Cyclone opponents combined for a 97-56 record last season.

-The Cyclones rushed for 190 yards against Iowa in ‘09. They also turned the ball over six times.

-Iowa State allowed only 19 QB sacks last, which were the third fewest in the Big 12 and ranked 21st nationally.

-Eight different Cyclone receivers caught passes last week against Northern Illinois. Darius Darks led the way with six grabs, while tight end Collin Franklin hauled in five balls for 75 yards.

-Iowa State assistant Bob Elliott played for the Hawkeyes (1972, 1974-75). He also coached for eight seasons on Hayden Fry's staff and his father, Bump Elliott, was the long time Iowa Athletics Director.

-Iowa City Regina graduate Mike O'Connell will start at free safety for the Cyclones.

Iowa Tidbits:

-Jewel Hampton returns to the field after missing last season following a knee repair. The sophomore running back's last action game was in the Outback Bowl, Jan. 1, 2009.

-The Hawkeyes have won the last two meetings with Iowa State. The last time they won three in a row in this series was during a 15-game winning streak from 1983-97.

-Iowa has only allowed two opponents - Indiana and Penn State in ‘09 - to score on opening drives in their last 27 games.

-The Hawkeyes have won 19 of their last 20 non-conference home games.

-This is only the second time in history that Iowa and Iowa State meet following bowl victories the previous season. The 2004 game was the only other time it happened.

-Iowa has not allowed the Cyclones to score a touchdown in the last 14 quarters dating back to ‘07. Iowa State won that meeting, 15-13, using five field goals.

-Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz can even head coaching record against Iowa State to 6-6 with a win on Saturday.

What2Watch4:

-Both teams lack game experience at linebacker. Iowa broke in four new starters in the second level last week. All three of the Cyclone backers started for the first time in Week 1.

-It will be interesting to see how motivated is the Iowa defensive line after admitting it was outplayed in this game a year ago. The Cyclones front locked up its opponent as they ran for 190 yards. The Hawkeyes foursome has been tabbed by some media outlets as the best in the country and that surely will motivate Iowa State's unit.

-This game has been decided by special teams several times in the last decade. The Cyclones used Daniel Kuehl as their punter last week and his one attempt went 18 yards. Conversely, The Hawkeyes still are unsettled at place kicker. Trent Mossbrucker did not attempt a field goal last week after red shirting last season. Last year's starter, Daniel Murray, may not play this week because of injury. True freshman Mike Meyer will handle Iowa's kickoffs. There are some unknowns with the specialists on both sides.

-Derrell Johnson-Koulianos seems to step up in big games and when clutch plays are needed. The senior likely will be back in the starting lineup this week. Iowa State has some question marks in their secondary, which will get challenged by DJK and the Hawkeye receiving corps.

-ISU QB Austen Arnaud has thrown six interceptions in his last two starts against the Hawkeyes, including four a year ago. Hawkeye signal caller Ricky Stanzi launched two picks in last year's contest and was pulled in favor of Jake Christensen in ‘08.

Often, we focus too much on quarterback play. I don't think that's the case this Saturday. These guys need to limit their mistakes in a game that I think will be closely contested.


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