IOWA CITY, Iowa - For years, we heard how Iowa treated its early rivalry meeting like any other game its schedule. While that still might be the case in approach, this Saturday's meeting with the Cyclones brings extra juice on Hawkeye Nation.
Iowa players Tuesday talked about their coaches' decision to play the ISU fight song in their football complex throughout the week.
"Man, it's very annoying," Hawkeye Receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley said. "But they do it on purpose to keep reminding us of how big this week is."
Coach Kirk Ferentz should be able to grab the attention of his Hawkeyes by simply providing a history lesson. Iowa State comes to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN) having won nine of the last 16 contests in this series.
We've got a fairly big game on our hands here this week," said Ferentz, who is 7-8 against ISU. "It's Iowa State week, which is a big week for this entire state, and it's going to be a big, big challenge for us. So it really doesn't matter if it's here in Kinnick Stadium or over there. It's doesn't matter. It's a big game for everybody involved and an exciting game for everybody involved. I think probably fair to say it's that way for all the fans, either side, in state and beyond state. It's a big week."
You can see in the faces of the Hawkeyes that it's an important game in their minds. Watch this compilation video of them talking about ISU: