The battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy has once again arrived, and will take place on Saturday evening at 3:45 CST inside Jack Trice Stadium on the campus of Iowa State. The Cyclones defeated Iowa in last year's contest 20-17, and have won three of the last four meetings over the Hawkeyes. The road team has had a lot of success of late, but that is not because of the atmosphere for the game.
Iowa State sports a great venue with the newly renovated Jack Trice Stadium, and the crowd will be raucous for tomorrow's main event. The Cyclones, like the Hawkeyes, were impressive in their opener against a promising FCS opponent. They defeated Northern Iowa 31-7, while Iowa blasted Illinois State 31-14.
The environment in Ames is known for being a crazy one for this matchup, and Iowa is already conscious of it. The older players and the older coaches have already put it in the ears of some of the other playerss that haven't played inside Jack Trice Stadium for this rivalry on what to expect.
Playing at Iowa State is differnet for Iowa. Not just because of the in-state ties, but because of the rivalry, history, and tradition of the matchup. Regardless if one team is superior to the other, this matchup has a way of coming down to the wire. It is a closely played game every single season, and the competition on the field is hot and heavy. The outside noise is just as intense.
Hear from Iowa cornerback Greg Mabin, quarterback C.J. Beathard, wide receiver Jacob Hillyer, and running back Jordan Canzeri as they tackle some of the stories that have originated from this rivalry, and how they are going about planning for it and educating the rest of the team on how to prepare for it.