Sep 9, 2017; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defensive end JaQuan Bailey (19) pressures Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Nathan Stanley (4) at Jack Trice Stadium. The Hawkeyes won 44-41 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
For the first time in 19 years, Iowa State is favored in the Cy-Hawk game — at least for now.
CG Sportsbook released its opening lines for select college football games on Wednesday and the Cyclones are considered a two-point favorite over the rival Hawkeyes with 108 days left until the two teams square off in Jack Trice Stadium on Sept. 14.
Assuming the line does not move drastically by the time the two teams kickoff, it will be the first time the Cyclones enter the game as the favorite since 2000, according to our Kirk Haaland. Iowa State won that game 24-14 in Iowa City, the third win in a stretch of five straight from 1998 to 2002.
Iowa has won four-straight games in the series, the longest such winning streak since Iowa State’s aforementioned five-straight. The Hawkeyes won last season’s game in Iowa City 13-3 while the 2017 game in Ames finished 44-41 in overtime.
The game will be one of the biggest of the early-season college football slate and will likely be a candidate to host ESPN’s College Gameday. According to the folks in Vegas, it is also currently considered to be the first time Matt Campbell will beat the hated Team Out East.