Iowa has won at Iowa State just once since 2003 - even though the Hawkeyes have been favored each time. Iowa is the favorite again in Saturday's in-state showdown after Iowa State (0-1) played poorly in its season-opening loss to Northern Iowa. Iowa (1-1) lost to Northern Illinois and beat Missouri State of the Championship Subdivision. If the last decade is any indication, the game could end up being another entertaining but mistake-filled spectacle between two rivals desperate for a win before conference play begins.
Iowa (1-1) at Iowa State (0-1), 5 p.m. (FS1) Series record: Iowa leads 39-21 Line: Iowa by 2 ? 1/2 WHAT'S AT STAKE More than just bragging rights. Iowa hasn't beaten an FBS opponent since last October, and Iowa State opened with an ugly loss to Northern Iowa.
Both teams are in search of a marquee win that will get their seasons going in the right direction. KEY MATCHUP Iowa State's front seven vs. Iowa's running game:
The Cyclones need to shore up their run defense after a poor showing against the Panthers. Iowa has four strong running backs, led by Mark Weisman, and the Hawkeyes would love to grind their way to victory. PLAYERS TO WATCH Iowa. WR Damond Powell. The Hawkeyes continue to look for ways to get their fastest but least experienced Hawkeye involved in the game plan. Iowa State: LB Jeremiah George. The senior leader of the Cyclones defense needs to bounce back after a poor performance two weeks ago. FACTS & FIGURES Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is just 6-8 against Iowa State, and the Hawkeyes have lost three of four in Ames.
..The Cyclones will wear throwback uniforms reminiscent of the ones they wore during the Jack Trice era in the early 1920s..
.Hawkeyes quarterback Jake Rudock leads the team with three rushing touchdowns...Iowa State started 11 players for the first time against Northern Iowa, more than any team in the Big 12.