Sometimes the best way to get a read on a rivalry is to ask yourself: Who are these teams' peers? What programs are most comparable?
For Iowa, as much as we'd like to put ourselves in the not-quite-uppermost tier with schools like Georgia, Auburn, LSU and the like, we're a notch below that. Iowa's football peers are schools like UCLA, Texas A&M, and Mizzou. Iowa State's peers are in the Mississippi State, Duke, and Kentucky class. They can be good, but even with help, none of those four schools is sniffing a conference title and even a divisional title seems out of reach. (If you look at what all these schools mentioned in this paragraph have done over the past 40 seasons, these comparisons hold up very well. If you want a school that neatly splits the difference between Iowa and Iowa State, you could do worse than to look at North Carolina.)
Texas A&M - Mississippi State could be a perfectly fine and fun game, but if A&M wins, you will think "Well, it should." So I think Patrick's assessment of this rivalry is accurate.
They missed the Husker Du tie-in, though. Also, I am old.
You know it was a different era when a college football recruit was (allegedly) paid off with a 150-horsepower Buick.
You are correct about the year, and I was wrong. Thank you, Al Lorenzen's Ghost!
"Only $19.95 on pay-per view" used to be my go-to one-liner for unwatchable Big Ten games. BTN has made my life easier but it has made writing my columns harder.
The Starlite Village! Dad worked for DMR until 1986, I believe.
I know. Dad didn't listen to me about the VCR either; he sold it to his old college roommate.
I'm happy to hear that. I recall the arcade at Merle Hay eventually became almost as good.
Aladdin's Castle was slow to get the new games and it was maybe 1/3 the size of Valley West. I spent a lot of quarters at AC, obviously, but it wasn't the same.
'91, the Marv Seiler game. I believe he was ISU's fourth-string quarterback.
Thank you. I used to use goofy fake team names for all the predictions and I still drop a few here and there. "Almost As Good As We Think We Are" has been my tag for Michigan since the very beginning, for instance. And there was one week after a particularly bad Iowa loss where all the team names were titles of Morrissey songs.
I understand where you're coming from, but for me, that game had an abject horror about it that was only matched by the 1986 Rose Bowl. Syracuse was not good that season, that was the second year of the Greg Robinson era.
Greg Robinson is now the DC at San Jose State, in case you were wondering, which you weren't.
Oh, I agree. I miss everything about Kwik Trip except the pizza. It was very easy to grab a lunch that wouldn't kill you, and the coffee was very good too.
Casey's is an upgrade on pizza and donuts but a serious downgrade on coffee.
WE WERE AT THE SAME GAME
I'm gonna guess that I'm the only person who has actually tried Kwik
Trip Star pizza. I did live in Wisconsin for 14 years, after all.
It compares to Casey's pizza, in the sense that both are round.
He was already being talked about going in to the 2001 game. He was good, but at that point it was quite clear he wasn't there yet.
It still amazes me that anyone pays to watch Illinois play football anywhere. I can remember when the funniest thing you could say about an Illinois-Rutgers game is that it was only $19.95 on pay-per-view, but that's not even a thing any more.
The gameday experience is not worth what it costs, you're absolutely right about that. But we have not yet reached a point where even the worst Power Five teams are putting a product on the field that is so bad none of their fans will watch it. I'm not sure it's even possible to do so at some schools ... and Iowa is one of them, unfortunately.
Wow, they're even worse at predicting than I am!