Iowa (10) @ Iowa State (9) - A Hawkeyes Perspective

Joe Smith @HawkeyesUK is on hand to give us his preview of the Cy-Hawk game in week 2.

As you may already know I am following Iowa State for the site this year. Following a nervy opening victory against Northern Iowa, their focus quickly shifts now to the big rivalry with the Iowa Hawkeyes coming to Ames.


This game doesn't necessarily need a build up but with both teams currently ranked in the top 10, the winner will be catapulted into the playoff discussion whilst the loser will likely be left looking in from the outside.


Many of you will have heard of Joe @HawkeyesUK on twitter, so it would be rude of me to not allow him to give his Hawkeyes view on this elite week 2 matchup. The floor is yours Joe.


Game preview written by Joe Smith

It’s Cy-Hawk week as my 10th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Ames to face 9th ranked Iowa State on Saturday. The build up to this game will be even more exciting with College Gameday coming to town, the national spotlight will be on these two teams and the state of Iowa. Iowa comes in to the annual Cy-Hawk game with a dominating performance against Indiana last week at Kinnick, whilst the Cyclones barely got past Northern Iowa at home with a nervous performance. An interesting statistic to keep an eye on for this matchup is that Iowa State have failed to beat the Hawkeyes since 2014, with Iowa winning the last five matchups. The key players for the Hawkeyes in this game will be star running back Tyler Goodson, who is averaging over 100 yards a game and had himself a huge week one against Indiana. For Iowa State, RB Breece Hall who is considered one of the best backs in College Football, will also certainly play a key role in this game with an expected large work load which will test Iowa’s run defense significantly. I also want to give a shout-out to Iowa offensive lineman and future NFL star Tyler Linderbaum, who has started 22 straight games for the Hawkeyes and is one of the most dominant players in all of College Football, he most certainly will be the toughest player on the field against the Cyclones on Saturday.



As a die-hard Hawkeyes fan, I still watch a lot of Cyclone Football and a player I’m especially intrigued to watch on Saturday is linebacker Mike Rose who is the reigning Big 12 defensive player of the year, he had 11 tackles in the season opener and will look to slow down Iowa’s potent rushing attack. The Hawkeyes lost three starters on the defensive line from last season and the Cyclones have a very strong offensive line this year, so look for ISU to establish the run early and I believe if they manage to do this, it will make life especially hard for the Iowa defense. Now onto to the Iowa QB situation, Spencer Petras is the starter for the Hawks and was last season as well. Despite his rather average performances so far in his short college career, you can’t argue that he’s continued to win games for the Hawkeyes and is also a strong leader which is absolutely vital. Iowa is known for producing excellent Tight Ends, that’s no different this year with Sam LaPorta who is a favourite target for Petras and a reliable one. An Iowa that must not be overlooked in this game is Tyrone Tracey Jr, the wideout has big play ability and will be especially important in a game like this in a particularly hostile environment where moving the chains consistently is vital.


For me, Iowa State will give themselves a very strong chance to win this game if they establish a strong running game early in the game with Breece Hall and because College Gameday is in town, they need to ensure they remain calm and play mistake free football throughout this game, as I know my Hawkeyes will pounce on any mistakes the Cyclones make. For my Hawkeyes, one of the most important keys to the game is to ensure that Petras has the confidence to find his receivers downfield and be accurate, but is also sensible with the football which he has been so far with a low interception rate. Okay here go, I haven’t talked much about coaching yet but I think it will be the deciding factor of who will win this game. Let me explain, Kirk Ferentz is a master at coaching his players to keep calm and to also ensure they don’t let the emotions of the rivalry cause them to make vital mistakes. I have acknowledged that Iowa State have a great chance to win this game (they really do) but I truly think the Hawkeyes will make less mistakes than the Cyclones, this is will ultimately be the deciding factor of who takes home the win in Ames on Saturday. Prediction: Iowa 23 Iowa State 21
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