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From 2013: Des Moines Register photographer Charlie Litchfield shared an inside look at what it's like to cover Iowa's biggest sporting event, the Cy-Hawk football game. Charlie Litchfield/The Register

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The Hawkeyes and Cyclones will face off on Saturday at 2:30 for their annual Cy-Hawk showdown. Here's your guide to get ready for the game:

Debate over game's future

Should this series even be continued after the current contract expires in 2017? With Iowa (and the rest of the Big Ten) going to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, the number of nonconference dates for each team will be three apiece. Does scheduling each other box each program into a corner it doesn't want to be in? Read sports editor Chad Leistikow's column and Randy Peterson's take on why the Cyclones might want to skip it.

Where to watch the game

Looking for an Iowa State or Iowa bar in Des Moines? Maybe a neutral place to meet friends? Check out details on 22 area bars at dmJuice.com. Or if you're just planning to stay at home, the game will be televised on ESPN.

Tailgating?

Stand above the rest of the crowd with stylish t-shirts and check out some fantastic recipes for your pre-game parties at DesMoinesRegister.com/tailgating. Who tailgates better? Hawkeye fans or Cyclone fans?

Football tradition

Why do we love tailgating? Why do we make allegiances to our teams, donning their colors and setting up elaborate picnics that would be far easier meal to eat inside before heading to the stadium. Read Juice editor Sarah Day Owen's column on the the tradition behind tailgaiting.

Places to see in Iowa City

So you're going from the state's current capitol to its previous one for the day. What should you do once you're there? Here are six essential spots to hit up beyond Kinnick Stadium.

Expert analysis

Game on! Don't miss the Register's Gameday program for notes on news you may have missed this week, pressbox updates and what to watch for.

Game chat: Follow live coverage of the game and share your thoughts on plays, strategy and more. Join in at 2 p.m. Saturday and stick around to vent or celebrate after the game.

Follow on the go: Be sure to download the Hawk Central and Cyclone Insider apps for all the news, tweets and live play-by-play on your iPhone or iPad.

Hawkeyes reporters Rick Brown and Andrew Logue will have all angles of the game covered. Watch for previews, videos and more at

HawkCentral.com. Cyclone fans can see the same expert coverage from Cyclones reporters Randy Peterson and Tommy Birch at DesMoinesRegister.com/Cyclones.

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