Iowa has dominated the Cy-Hawk series of late,including a 42-3 home win a season ago, but Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz isdownplaying that entering Saturday’s game in Ames. “Forget about that one,”Ferentz told the school’s athletics website earlier this week. “That was atotal aberration. (Iowa State) was a new team with a new staff, (and) theyweren’t together at that point.”
After a 3-9 finish in 2016, the Cyclones did lookmore complete in last Saturday’s season opener, scoring a pair of TDs apiecevia the air, ground and defensively in a 42-24 win over FCS foe Northern Iowa.”I thought it was a good team win,” second-year Iowa State coach Matt Campbelltold the media afterward. “Was it perfect? No, (but) the thing I was impressedwith was that we didn’t panic.” Iowa, meanwhile, overcame four turnovers and aslow offensive start in its season opener to pull away and dominate visitingWyoming, 24-3. The Hawkeyes’ defense set the tone, limiting highly toutedquarterback Josh Allen and the Cowboys to 233 total yards and three pointswhile picking off a pair of passes.
TV: Noon ET, ESPN2. LINE: Iowa -2.5
ABOUT IOWA (1-0): While the Hawkeyes’ defensestole the show last week, sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley passed for 125yards and three TDs in his first start. Stanley, though, also threw an interceptionand fumbled three times, losing two of them, to account for three ofthe team’s four turnovers. The giveaways, however, didn’t come back to biteIowa thanks to a defense led by senior linebacker Josey Jewell, a preseasonAll-American who has been named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Weekafter notching a team-high 14 tackles, including seven solo stops, two sacksand 2.5 tackles for loss against Wyoming.
ABOUT IOWA STATE (1-0): Second-year starting quarterbackJacob Park was on target in the opener, completing 27-of-35 throws for 271yards and a pair of TDs. Running back David Montgomery added 82 yards and twoscores on the ground, while stalwart wide receiver Allen Lazard grabbed eightpasses for 108 yards in becoming the program’s career receptions leader with178. On the other side of the ball, the Cyclones surrendered 119 rushing yardson 22 carries (5.4 per attempt) but did force three Northern Iowa turnovers,including game-turning pick-sixes from linebacker Willie Harvey and safetyKamari Cotton-Moya.
1. Iowa has won two straight, three of the lastfour and six of the last nine games in the series.
2. Hawkeyes RB Akrum Wadley, who ran for a pairof TDs in last year’s rout of the Cyclones, rushed for 116 yards in the openeras he aims to become the first Iowa rusher with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasonssince Fred Russell in 2002-03.
3. Montgomery, who took over as Iowa State’sstarting running back late season, is averaging 105.8 yards over his last fourcontests going back to 2016.
PREDICTION: Iowa 23, Iowa State 16