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Let's get the important acknowledgment out of the way: ESPN's "College GameDay" is coming to Ames next weekend, and that's the only bit of stature that anybody's going to show off before Iowa State and Iowa meet in this generation's most anticipated Cy-Hawk game.

But if you think that Hawkeyes fans are going to fail to remind Cyclones supporters of the latest national rankings released Sunday, then ... well, you probably need a crash course in rivalry trash talk.

Of course, Iowa (2-0, 1-0 Big Ten Conference) was going to hold firm in the top 25 after Saturday's 30-0 demolition of Rutgers at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 18 in the newest Amway USA TODAY Coaches' Poll, up from No. 19. They also moved up one spot in The Associated Press rankings, from 20th to No. 19.

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Iowa State, on the other hand, suffered again for its triple-overtime close call against Northern Iowa in Week 1. The Cyclones (1-0) had already dropped out of last week's coaches' poll and slipped into a tie for 25th in the AP rankings entering this weekend.

And a bye week wasn’t enough to help hold their position. They actually dropped another spot further down the receiving-votes category in the coaches’ poll, to 29th, and they were knocked down one more peg in the AP rankings to be the first team on the outside looking in.

Nonetheless, this weekend will mark the first time either team has been ranked going into the Cy-Hawk showdown since 2016, with Iowa on the heels of its 12-win regular season the year before.

That's all that needs to be said, but that’s far from what will be said between now and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Bring on the spotlight.

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Full USA TODAY AMWAY Coaches' Poll

  1. Clemson (60 first-place votes), 1,572 points, previously ranked first
  2. Alabama (3), 1,513 (2)
  3. Georgia, 1,415 (3)
  4. Oklahoma, 1,362 (4)
  5. LSU, 1,314 (6)
  6. Ohio State, 1,309 (5)
  7. Notre Dame, 1,118 (8)
  8. Florida, 1,064 (10)
  9. Auburn, 993 (13)
  10. Michigan, 945 (7)
  11. Penn State, 868 (14)
  12. Utah, 839 (15)
  13. Texas, 823 (9)
  14. Wisconsin, 739 (16)
  15. Texas A&M, 668 (11)
  16. Central Florida, 584 (17)
  17. Oregon, 568 (18)
  18. Iowa, 496 (19)
  19. Michigan State, 446 (20)
  20. Washington State, 418 (21)
  21. Washington, 314 (12)
  22. Boise State, 214 (RV)
  23. Mississippi State, 134 (RV)
  24. USC, 120 (RV)
  25. Maryland, 109 (no votes)

Dropped out: No. 22 Syracuse; No. 23 Stanford; No. 25 Nebraska.

Others receiving votes: Virginia 64; Kentucky 62; California 51; Iowa State 48; Memphis 46; Oklahoma State 45; North Carolina 42; Boston College 31; Army 31; Texas Christian 28; NC State 28; Colorado 16; Stanford 8; Hawaii 7; Appalachian State 6; Minnesota 5; Wyoming 3; Wake Forest 2; Troy 2; Arizona State 2; Tulane 1; Nebraska 1; Navy 1.

Full Associated Press Poll

  1. Clemson (56), 1,544 (1)
  2. Alabama (6), 1,489 (2)
  3. Georgia, 1,385 (3)
  4. LSU, 1,336 (6)
  5. Oklahoma, 1,315 (4)
  6. Ohio State, 1,291 (5)
  7. Notre Dame, 1,072 (8)
  8. Auburn, 1,056 (10)
  9. Florida, 997 (11)
  10. Michigan, 936 (7)
  11. Utah, 905 (13)
  12. Texas, 877 (9)
  13. Penn State, 781 (15)
  14. Wisconsin, 714 (17)
  15. Oregon, 677 (16)
  16. Texas A&M, 643 (12)
  17. Central Florida, 544 (18)
  18. Michigan State, 495 (19)
  19. Iowa, 473 (20)
  20. Washington State, 343 (22)
  21. Maryland, 207 (no votes)
  22. Boise State, 164 (24)
  23. Washington, 161 (14)
  24. USC, 137 (RV)
  25. Virginia, 122 (RV)

Others receiving votes: Iowa State 96, California 95, Mississippi State 73, TCU 66, North Carolina 48, Army 42, Colorado 21, Oklahoma State 20, Memphis 12, Arizona State 4, Boston College 2, Kentucky 2, Appalachian State 2, Syracuse 2, Minnesota 1

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