The Cy-Hawk Trophy will be awarded Saturday night in Iowa City, Iowa, when the Iowa Hawkeyes take on in-state rival, Iowa State in the football edition of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.
After tying in the 2015-16 campaign for the first time in the series’ 12-year history, each school’s football team will be vying to get their university off to a good start for the 2016-17 version of the series.
In just football, Iowa has one two of the last three meetings, including last year’s 31-17 win in Ames. The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series 41-22.
In a state with no major professional sports teams, the football game between the Hawkeyes and Cyclones is arguably the biggest rivalry sporting event in the state every year.
A few Hawkeyes talked about the rivalry on the Big Ten Network, including coach Kirk Ferentz, senior quarterback C.J. Beathard, senior linebacker Josey Jewell and senior cornerback Desmond King.