AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has won at Iowa State just once since 2003, even though the Hawkeyes have been favored each time.
Iowa is the favorite again in Saturday's in-state showdown after Iowa State played poorly in its season-opening loss to Northern Iowa. But being favored means very little, especially when the series is played in Ames.
Iowa was ranked No. 8 when the unranked Cyclones won 23-3 in 2005. Two years later, Iowa State followed up an ugly home loss to Northern Iowa with five field goals and a 15-13 win.
Iowa's 35-3 thrashing of the Cyclones in Ames in 2009 was surprisingly lopsided. Iowa State won 44-41 in triple overtime two years ago behind a performance from quarterback Steele Jantz that no one saw coming and never saw again.
The Cyclones (0-1) are again coming off a loss to the FCS Panthers. Iowa (1-1) hasn't looked anything special, either. If the past decade is any indication, Saturday's game could end up being another entertaining, mistake-filled spectacle between two rivals desperate for a win ahead of conference play.
Here are five things to look out for in the 61st installment of the rivalry:
Iowa State's defense was gashed by Northern Iowa running back David Johnson for 199 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-20 loss. The Hawkeyes have a better offensive line than the Panthers, and Mark Weisman is ranked ninth nationally with 280 yards rushing through two games. If the Cyclones can't contain the physical Weisman, expect the Hawkeyes to call his number all evening.
Cyclones sophomore quarterback Sam Richardson sprained his ankle in the loss to Northern Iowa, but coach Paul Rhoads and his staff have insisted that he'll be fine by Saturday. Richardson threw for 242 yards and two TDs and also led Iowa State with 74 yards rushing in the opener.
Iowa might be forced to start freshman cornerback Desmond King for the second week in a row as Jordan Lomax continues to work back from a hamstring injury. King has shown plenty of athletic ability in the first two games of his career, but he's also been burned more than once.
Freshman Luke Knott, the brother of former Cyclones star Jake, will start at linebacker after missed assignments cost Jevohn Miller his spot. Luke, a converted prep quarterback, helped steady the defense when he replaced Miller against Northern Iowa.
RUDOCK ON THE ROAD
Iowa sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock will make his first road start. Rudock has completed 61.5 percent of his passes despite a number of drops from his receivers, and three of his 11 rushes have gone for touchdowns. Rudock has also thrown three picks, though.
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