Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard updates fans on construction projects around Jack Trice Stadium Randy Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s become a rite of fall in Iowa, listening to fans (and coaches) of our two largest colleges send barbs toward one another. Most observations — and in some instances, that’s putting it nicely — can be classified as typical fun trash-talking among fans.
Some, if you look close enough, includes fans talking nicely about their in-state rival.
Sharpen your wits, people, because the Cy-Hawk football series will live on.
The agreement for an annual game between the Big 12 Conference and Big Ten Conference football teams has been extended two years, athletics directors Jamie Pollard of Iowa State and Gary Barta of Iowa announced Monday. The contract extension means the game will be played through at least 2025.
Iowa State hosts the showdown this season on Sept. 14 at Jack Trice Stadium. The game starts at 3 p.m. and is on FS1.
Under terms of the recent contract extension, the game will be played at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City in 2024, and it will be in Ames in 2025. The series resumed annually in 1977 after a 43-year hiatus.
The 2019 Cy-Hawk edition could — emphasis on that word — be the first time the game is played when both teams are ranked by The Associated Press. The pair are in early preseason rankings. Both have decent paths to maintain those rankings heading into the third Saturday of the season.
Iowa State opens at home against Northern Iowa on Aug. 31, and then doesn’t play on Sept. 7. Iowa will have two home games on its resume before Cy-Hawk — Aug. 31 against Miami of Ohio and Sept. 7 against Rutgers.
It’s not always just the fans who get into Cy-Hawk verbal chattering. Coaches have done their part in hyping the game, as well.
Remember Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz’s reference to “the guys in Ames” a while back?
And then there was this that the Cyclones’ Matt Campbell said on a promotional video directed toward students before the 2017 game in Ames:
“Welcome back to campus. This football team, for the last six months, has been straining to get themselves better. There's a national presence about our football program, as well as on campus, but we need you.
"We need you to make this place the most intimidating environment in college football, and there's some unbelievable opportunities:
"The game versus UNI. The team out east..."
The game ... that will be played at least through 2025.