The Hawkeyes will travel to Ames this weekend for the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. Kick-off is at 11:10 a.m. and the game will be broadcast on Fox.
Last year, Iowa beat Iowa State, 35-7, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions.
Captains this week will again include Mike Daniels, Marvin McNutt, Tyler Nielsen, and James Vandenberg.
Freshman running back Mika’il McCall will be out for most of the season while linebacker Shane DiBona is out for the entire season.
Let’s take a look at Saturday’s match-up.
Vandenberg will start for the Hawkeyes and he will bring a 1-0 record to Iowa State. Last week, he was 13 for 21, 219 yards and two touchdowns. Vandenberg has the confidence of his team and coach.
Iowa State has junior Steele Jantz as their quarterback. He struggled last week and went 18 for 40, 187 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Jantz came alive in the fourth quarter and was able to secure a 20-19 win for his team.
Once again the Hawkeyes are spread thin at running back. With McCall out, Jason White will back up Marcus Coker. Coker had a bad first game with 11 carries for 41 yards and two fumbles. Was it the weather or nerves? He should have a better game this week.
De’Andre Johnson, Damon Bullock and Jordan Canzeri could also see some playing time on Saturday,
Senior wide receiver McNutt had a great first game with 140 yards, six receptions and two touchdowns.
Iowa State has junior Aaron Horne as its wide receiver, who had seven receptions for 69 yards last Saturday with Jantz as the leading rusher with 80 yards.
Iowa has a solid offensive line with standout LT Riley Reiff and RT Marcus Zusevics.
Iowa has six new starters on defense but they held Tennessee Tech to 94 yards in the first half and kept the Golden Eagles from scoring until late in the fourth quarter against its second team defense. Defensive players James Morris and Shaun Prater both had interceptions last week, with Prater scoring a touchdown.
Iowa State struggled last week against Northern Iowa, giving up 204 yards on 42 carries. For the last five seasons, the Cyclones have had problems stopping the run and after last week’s performance, it may be year six.
Hawkeye kicker Mike Meyer had two field goals last week, with a long one of 39 yards. He continues to improve. Eric Guthrie will be the punter, filling the big shoes Ryan Donahue left behind. Last week, his three punts had an average of 39 yards.
Iowa State has Zach Guyer as its kicker who had zero field goals last week and punter Kirby Van der Kamp. Last week his average was 51.2 average yard while his career average is 45 yards.
Ferentz is 6-6 against Iowa State but in the last two years, Iowa has dominated its in-state rival with a 2009 win of 35-3 and last year’s 35-7 rout. The Hawkeyes will be playing in a hostile, sold out stadium of 55,000.
Things happen in threes: Iowa takes a 35-10 win.
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Written by Debbie Baratz