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[game of the year]CBS Sports: Iowa-Iowa State can be game of the year in 2021

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  Iowa is back and ready to challenge for a Big Ten title while Iowa State is ready to do the same in the Big 12 after falling short to Oklahoma in the championship game. The two also have a pretty cool in-state rivalry.

  With the Big Ten’s conference only schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the game didn’t happen. But, the two are scheduled to square off early this fall.

  According to CBS Sports’ David Cobb, Iowa traveling to Iowa State on Saturday, September 11th is going to be the game of the year.

  “Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has done wonders for the Cyclones in his five seasons on the job, but the 41-year-old rising star has yet to knock off Iowa,” Cobb wrote for CBS Sports. “After two particularly crushing home losses to the Hawkeyes in 2017 and 2019, he’ll get another home crack at Iowa on Sept. 11 in what could be a matchup between top-15 teams.

  “Last year’s game was wiped out by the Big Ten’s conference-only scheduling, marking the first time since 1976 that the series was not contested. Missing a game in the Cy-Hawk series was a real downer since it ended up being the first time that both simultaneously finished a season in the top 20. The game’s absence from last year’s slate should make anticipation even higher on both sides as Iowa and Iowa State each enter with conference title and College Football Playoff aspirations.

  “The last two in the series played at ISU’s Jack Trice Stadium were decided by a total of four points, both going in Iowa’s favor. It would be no surprise if this one is similarly close as these fierce rivals square off in the national spotlight.”

  Since Matt Campbell took over Iowa State in 2016, he has yet to defeat the Hawkeyes despite his success with the program. He is 0-4 with losses of 42-3, 44-41 in overtime, 13-3 and 18-17 in their most recent meeting in 2019.

  Campbell has led Iowa State to four straight winning seasons since taking over in Ames, culminating in last year’s 9-3 run, which was capped off by a 34-17 victory over Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. With quarterback Brock Purdy, running back Breece Hall and tight end Charlie Kolar returning to an offense that averaged 32.9 points a game in 2020, the Cyclones appear ready to run it back this fall. Not only does the offensive line return intact, but the receiving corps also returns Xavier Hutchinson and Tarique Milton, who should help Purdy stretch the field.

  The best part about the returners for next year’s Iowa squad is running back Tyler Goodson. He’ll be the go-to guy on offense. Quarterback Spencer Petras also returns, giving the Hawkeyes a 1-2 punch.

  In just eight games last season Goodson ran for nearly 800 yards and seven touchdowns, so there’s no telling what he can accomplish over a full college football campaign.

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