Iowa resumes on the gridiron Saturday against their rival Iowa State in the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy. It is a matchup with a lot of meaning, not just because it is the next game. It's all about in-state bragging rights when these two squads from the state of Iowa collide, and the Cyclones have had more opportunity for bragging rights. Iowa State won last year's contest 20-17, and have won three of the last four meetings overall.
That's not acceptable for Iowa fans, and Kirk Ferentz and company aim to change the tide of those woes.
"There's a lot of motivation," starting wideout Jacob Hillyer said. "Not just because of last year and losing, but because we want to have a good season. Each season we want to walk away with a 'W' (in this game)."
Defensive end Drew Ott isn't known for being the most outgoing player on the team, but he did not mince words. He noted the importance of the game against Iowa State, not just this year, but every year.
"(It's a) big rivalry," he shared. "Lots of competition. A lot going on. A lot of people want to win this game and have state rights."
It will be starting quarterback C.J. Beathard's first action against the rival for the Hawkeyes. In the first game of this type of magnitude, there can be pressure and tremendous excitement for the player, especially the quarterback. Not Beathard, who handled the questions as cool as a cucumber.
"(It's a) rivalry, and we're excited to play them," he told the hoard of media members inside the Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center on Tuesday. "(It's) obviously a rivalry game and we'd like to beat them. (We're) obviously going over there in their stadium. I can imagine their crowd is going to be ready."
Hear from C.J. Beathard, Jacob Hillyer, Jordan Canzeri, and Drew Ott in the video above.