One of the premier matchups of the Week 2 college football slate is Iowa State’s clash with in-state rival Iowa — both of whom are ranked in PFN’s Top 25 rankings. Below, we’ll provide all the pertinent information for the Iowa vs. Iowa State matchup, including how to watch, sports betting odds, and a prediction for the game.
Iowa vs. Iowa State | Week 2 preview and prediction
What is there to be on the lookout for in the Iowa vs. Iowa State Week 2 matchup? Here’s how to watch.
How to watch Iowa vs. Iowa State
Location: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
Start time: September 11, 4:30 PM EST
TV channel: ABC
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Odds for Iowa vs. Iowa State
Spread: Iowa State -4.5
Moneyline: Iowa State -210, Iowa +168
Iowa State enters the weekend as a 4.5-point favorite over Iowa. Meanwhile, the moneyline sits at -210 for Iowa State and +168 for Iowa. Finally, the game total for combined points sits at 46.5.
History of the Iowa vs. Iowa State rivalry
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones will meet for the 68th time on Saturday at 4:30 EST, once again battling over the coveted Cy-Hawk Trophy. Since 1894, Iowa and Iowa State have been battling for in-state supremacy. They often meet in Iowa City, but this time, the contest will take place at Jack Trice Stadium, home of the Cyclones.
The two ranked opponents may appear evenly matched, but Iowa has historically dominated the series. Iowa has won 45 of the total 67 matchups. Current head coach Kirk Ferentz is 12-10 against the Cyclones since earning his position in 1999, but the Hawkeyes have come out on top in all of the last five meetings.
Previewing the Iowa vs. Iowa State matchup
Iowa and Iowa State are top teams in the Big Ten and Big 12, respectively. Thus, this football game carries a lot of weight, as both teams vie for higher rankings. On the surface, Iowa State has more talent. They’re led by a productive offensive duo of Brock Purdy and Breece Hall. But looking at the results from Week 1, there’s reason for pause when considering the Cyclones.
In Week 1, the Cyclones barely edged out FCS opponent Northern Iowa, winning 16-10. Iowa, meanwhile, trounced the Indiana Hoosiers to the tune of 34-6. The Hoosiers were viewed as contenders heading into the season, and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was viewed as a rising star. Against Iowa’s stingy defense, Penix completed just 14 of 31 passes for 156 yards and threw 3 interceptions.
Iowa’s defense is talented and experienced at every level. Zach VanValkenburg headlines the defensive front, while hyper-productive linebacker Jack Campbell patrols the middle of the field. The secondary is the most impressive unit, stocked with playmakers like Riley Moss, Jack Koerner, Matt Hankins, Kaevon Merriweather, and Dane Belton. Moss had 2 pick-sixes in Week 1 and could add to his interception total in Week 2.
Prediction for the latest episode of the Cy-Hawk showdown
Call it a bold prediction, but I’m going with the Hawkeyes to both cover the spread and get the win against the Cyclones. Purdy and the Iowa State offense failed to put up massive numbers against Northern Iowa’s defense. Iowa is a big step up from that. The Hawkeyes were swarming against Indiana, and in this matchup, they’ll have even more motivation.
Spencer Petras is a clear downgrade at quarterback compared to Purdy, but Iowa’s offense isn’t without firepower. As long as they trust in their offensive line and clear lanes, Tyler Goodson can make some magic happen on the ground. It’ll be a close, fierce battle, but Iowa’s defense is the deciding factor against an Iowa State team that didn’t generate much confidence in its season debut.