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Big 12 football: Iowa State has Iowa on upset alert

by Berry Tramel Published: September 7, 2012

Iowa clearly is the dominant football program in its state. Bigger fan base, better tradition, more resources than Iowa State.

But that doesn't mean the Hawkeyes have a better football team. Iowa State won 44-41 in overtime last year at Ames, and since Iowa beat Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl to end the 2009 season, the Hawkeyes are 15-11, with four of those victories coming over Eastern Illinois, Ball State, Tennessee Tech and Louisiana-Monroe. Their Big Ten record is 8-8.

Last week, Iowa trailed Northern Illinois most of the game before rallying for an 18-17 victory.

Iowa State is no behemoth itself, but the Cyclones seem to play this series with a cause. Let's go with the ‘Clones in the upset.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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