WHO: Iowa State Cyclones (0-0)
WHEN: Saturday, September 8
WHERE: Kinnick Stadium (Iowa City, IA)
KICKOFF: 4:05 PM Central
ONLINE: Fox Sports Go
RADIO: Hawkeye Sports Network (check local listings); TuneIn
ODDS: Iowa -3.5, Over/Under: 46.5
WEATHER: 69 (nice), partly cloudy, 10-13 mph winds
Not too much to report here (thankfully), but the news we have isn't great:
Look for Hawkeyes to lean on Mekhi Sargent, Toren Young at RB today. Not expecting much if any action from Week 1 starter Ivory Kelly-Martin (left ankle).
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) September 8, 2018
That news isn't exactly surprising -- Ferentz said that Kelly-Martin was "iffy" at his press conference earlier in the week -- although it is disappointing. Still, Iowa has two capable-looking running backs in Young and Sargent and it looks like they'll be relied upon to carry the load today. Young was Iowa's most impressive running back last week, so we'll see what he can do for an ecore this week.
We'll update with any other gameday news as we see it.
TODAY IN DUMB THINGS IOWA STATE FANS DO
Yes, this is real.
Did...did Cyclone Fanatic make a commemorative shirt for a game that wasnt played? pic.twitter.com/eEayKk7hoO
— Mike (@MJ_GIA) September 6, 2018
buying stupid shirts to own the hoks
TODAY IN STOCK FOOTAGE FAILS
— hawkize (@Hawkize) September 8, 2018
Good job, good effort, ESPN.
ODDS & ENDS
— DM Register Sports (@DMRsports) September 8, 2018
Yeah, we know. The CyHawk series ain't going anywhere. Barta had more to say about scheduling, too -- including that he'd like to see teams go to playing 10 conference games a year.
Ever wonder about how AC/DC's "Back in Black" became an integral part of Iowa football gamedays? The Des Moines Register has the scoop:
Thirteen season ago, Kinnick underwent renovations to the south end zone that included adding a tunnel in the stadium’s southwest corner leading from the field to Hawkeyes locker room. Jim Berg, who leads game day production, knew the tunnel could play an integral role in the team’s introduction.
So, he put a camera operator in the tunnel to capture the team hitting the field, adding AC/DC as the soundtrack. And it stuck.
“(It’s that moment of) well, here comes the game,” Berg said. “There’s no stopping it now.”
Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle suggested “Back in Black,” Berg said, because the song played well for the players in the weight room.
I didn't realize "Back in Black" as part of gameday only dated back to 2005; I can't even remember what Iowa did before that at this point. It feels like "Back in Black" has been a part of things forever.