Iowa and Iowa State have played 63 football games in their history. Iowa's won 41 one of them, and there's a good chance that'll become 42 when the Cyclones visit Iowa City on Saturday night.
The good news for ISU: The Cyclones have an up-and-coming new head coach in ex-Toledo boss Matt Campbell. The bad: His roster is mostly the same as the one that went 3-9 last year, and the team lost to an FCS opponent in Week 1. Losing to Northern Iowa and then beating regular old Iowa would be quite a trick, but at least college football's weird.
The Hawkeyes started off with a businesslike 45-21 against Miami of Ohio last weekend. Veteran quarterback C.J. Beathard should be one of the top handful of quarterbacks in the Big Ten this season, and even if Iowa doesn't go 12-0 again, Beathard and LeShun Daniels Jr. should have enough juice for this offense to be productive. Desmond King remains one of the country's best defensive backs, and every chance to watch him is one we should all take.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: Big Ten Network, 7:30 p.m. ET. The broadcasters are Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Chuck Long and Lisa Byington.
Online streaming: BTN2Go
Spread: Iowa opened as an 18-point favorite.
Three big things to know
1. C.J Beathard could have a night. Last year, Beathard hit up the Cyclones for a career-high three passing touchdowns on 15-of-25 throwing. He ran for another 77 yards, with 57 coming on one career-long dash. Iowa State's defense is probably pretty gettable, and Beathard has the history and weapons to go get it.
2. Iowa State could use an upset, especially now. The Cyclones will be 0-2 if they lose, and this is not a picture that figures to get happier as time goes on. Aside from a game against San Jose State on Sept. 24, their upcoming opponents are TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas. A loss here makes a 1-6 start feel awfully likely, doesn't it?
3. Will the tailgating be awesome? Yes. Yes, it will. I direct you to this brilliant feature from last year's game, at which Donald Trump showed up and turned the day into one of the sports world's oddest spectacles. Iowa and Iowa State play a unique kind of series, and that extends into the parking lots.