Every fall the NCAA football teams of the Iowa State Cyclones and the Iowa Hawkeyes play each other in the most important game of any sport in the state of Iowa. We don’t have a NFL football team or any other real professional team in any sport, so this is the biggest game we have to look forward to each year.

It’s a life or death rivalry where you must pick a side whether you like football or not. Friends become enemies, families turn on each other, and the entire state is in utter chaos!

Okay, so I may have exaggerated just a bit above, but really it is pretty close to being like that. Personally, I am a diehard Hawkeyes fan — always have been and always will be.

I wrote this post to show all the ISU fans, who every year try to argue that ISU is better than Iowa, that they are completely crazy!

So, here are some facts for all the Cyclones fans to consider…

* In the three most recent games between the two teams (2008, 2009, 2010) Iowa has won with a combined score of 87-15.

* Iowa has double the wins versus Iowa State in the historical head-to-head series between the two football teams. Right now they lead the all-time series 39-19.

* Iowa has made 284 appearances in the AP poll over 36 seasons, including 112 weeks in the top 10, and appeared in 23 bowl games the past 30 seasons. ISU? Not even close enough to make it worth posting their numbers!

* The Cyclones are 3–7 in bowl games all time. The Hawkeyes have a 14-10-1 record in bowl games. That’s 25 bowls for Iowa, with a winning record, against only 10 bowls for ISU, with a losing record.

* National championships = Iowa 1, ISU 0.

* ISU has only had 91 players ever drafted to the NFL versus 229 NFL players from Iowa.

* Heisman trophy winners = Iowa 1, ISU 0.

* Consensus All-Americans = Iowa 20, ISU 3.

* The Cyclones have over 100 less wins than the Hawks all-time. ISU also has an overall losing record and the Hawks have an overall winning record.

* Kinnick Stadium (Hawks) holds 70,585 people and ranks as one of the 20 largest college owned stadiums in the nation. It’s also consistently ranked one of the top 25 loudest stadiums in the country.

Those are the facts! Nobody can tell me (honestly) that the Cyclones are better than the Hawkeyes. There’s a reason why they call Iowa the “Hawkeye State” folks!

Note: This was last updated on 9/9/11 so depending on when you read it the numbers presented above may have changed a little.

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