Iowa-Iowa State Rivalry Remains Strong


September 7th, 2011 by Jim Field

     AMES, Iowa (AP) – The series between Iowa and Iowa State, once put on ice for more than 40 years because of bad blood, appears to be stronger than ever.  Saturday’s matchup in Ames is sold out, something Cyclones officials can rarely count on for any other opponent. Iowa recently worked with the Big Ten to ensure the series continues when the league goes to a nine-game schedule in 2017.  The passion both fan bases have for this matchup was also evident in the recent furor over the new Cy-Hawk rivalry trophy, which is being redesigned.  Iowa (1-0) has won three straight over Iowa State (1-0), which rallied to beat Northern Iowa 20-19 in its opener.