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Saturday’s Cy-Hawk showdown in Ames will be a battle between two top-10 teams.

Iowa State fell two spots to No. 9 in the Associated Press Top-25 released on Monday while Iowa jumped up eight spots to No. 10. This, the 68th meeting between the two programs, will be the first time both teams are ranked at the time of the game.

The Hawkeyes’ rise comes as a product of their 34-6 win over last week No. 17 Indiana in Iowa City to open the season. Iowa State opened its season with a 16-10 win over Northern Iowa.

Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M make up the poll’s top-five. Clemson, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Iowa round out the top-10.

Texas (No. 15) is the only other team on Iowa State’s schedule to appear in the poll.

Iowa State and Iowa will kickoff from Ames at 3:30 on Saturday on ABC.

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Trump to call Holyfield-Belfort alternate telecast

KCRG 07 September, 2021 - 07:04pm

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Former president Donald Trump has signed a contract to provide commentary on a "gamecast" of Saturday's boxing event headlined by Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort, Triller told ESPN.

His son, Donald Trump Jr., will join him at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

"I love great fighters and great fights," Donald Trump Sr. said. "I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won't want to miss this special event."

The Trumps will call the entire four-fight telecast that also includes Anderson Silva-Tito Ortiz and David Haye-Joe Fournier, according to Triller.

Holyfield, the 58-year-old former heavyweight champion, stepped in on short notice as a replacement for Oscar De La Hoya, who tested positive for COVID-19.

Belfort, 44, is a former UFC light heavyweight champion.

Trump, 75, is a veteran of the fight game, having hosted many boxing matches in the 1980s and '90s at his casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Triller has dabbled with celebrity commentators before. Snoop Dogg was a part of November's Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. telecast and also the April fight between Jake Paul and Ben Askren. Pete Davidson, too, was a part of April's telecast.

Jim Lampley, the longtime blow-by-blow man for HBO, will call the main telecast alongside former champion Shawn Porter. Viewers will have the option to purchase either the main telecast or the Trump "gamecast" for $49.99.

Leistikow's 4 thoughts: Placekicker a fascinating Cy-Hawk subplot; Tyler Goodson calls game Iowa State's 'Super Bowl'

Hawk Central 07 September, 2021 - 02:12pm

Jeff Shudak is No. 2 on Iowa State’s all-time scoring list, with 266 career points as a four-year kicker from 1987-90. Shudak made 58 field goals at an impressive 73.4% clip during his time in Ames.

His son, Caleb Shudak, is the Hawkeyes’ first-string kicker now. Caleb took advantage of the COVID-19-impacted 2020 season that didn't count against eligibility to return for a sixth year at Iowa. Now, in Game 2 of his first season as Iowa's field-goal specialist, he gets to kick where his father did — No. 12 Iowa (1-0) at No. 10 Iowa State (1-0) at 3:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ABC.

"It is cool to think about being on the same field and kicking to the same uprights that he did," Shudak said of his father. "I get a little emotional thinking about it and talking with him about it. It’s so cool. He was my childhood hero. (As a kid), I was like, 'Man, this is the best kicker in the world.'"

Yet when Shudak visited Iowa, he found a more intimate engineering program that fit his learning style and he fell in love with the Hawkeye coaches. For four years, he was a walk-on, too.

"I don’t know if he’ll ever admit it, but (me choosing Iowa) was probably tough for him initially," Shudak said of his father. "He was a diehard Iowa State fan. But seeing how happy it made me and how much better I was getting athletically, academically, as a person that was maturing, I think he really enjoyed that."

"Got a little more loose. Got a little more comfortable with the situation," said Shudak, who later drilled a 35-yarder. 

Shudak finished his masters degree in engineering in May, and now he’s enjoying this football opportunity to take over for an All-American (and friend) in Duncan, who delivered so many great Hawkeye memories.

"He said, 'Just take it in. It is a big game and you have the opportunity to play a really good team, but just take it in and enjoy it,'" Shudak said. "He always reminds me that you’ve put in so much work, why stress about it so much? Just have fun."

Iowa’s All-American center is absolutely paramount to the Hawkeyes’ cause Saturday. He played a significant role two years ago in Ames, too. Linderbaum was making his third career start then, and he led quarterback Nate Stanley into the end zone for a key fourth-quarter touchdown.

Linderbaum spoke with a wrap around his upper left leg, which is more than likely heavily bruised after he took a helmet there in the Hawkeyes’ win against Indiana. Though Linderbaum played the rest of the game after a visit to the medical tent, it was more encouraging to hear he was a full go in practice Tuesday. He's been receiving treatment to get ready for Saturday.

The injury, he said, "happened to me before in high school. I knew the same feeling. It was uncomfortable at first. I’m working through it and feeling 100%."

Iowa is pretty healthy overall entering this game. Offensive lineman Kyler Schott (foot) is out again, but head coach Kirk Ferentz said punt/kick returner Charlie Jones and everyone else in the two-deep practiced Tuesday. Jones exited Saturday's game with what appeared to be a leg injury.

Brock was a four-star prospect out of nearby Quincy, Illinois, who was being recruited heavily by Iowa and Iowa State. When word got to Goodson, an Atlanta-area product with a three-star designation, that Brock was taking an official visit to Iowa, that sped up his decision timeline.

Goodson picked Iowa, and Brock picked Iowa State. It hopefully works out great for both parties. It certainly has for Goodson, who was a first-team all-Big Ten selection in 2020 and had 19 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Indiana.

Goodson’s confidence stood out Tuesday among an otherwise generic set of player interviews.

"I think we’ll be successful come Saturday," the junior said.

Goodson smiled at the idea of ESPN’s College GameDay being in Ames this weekend and the fact that Iowa has won the past five meetings, three of which have come at Jack Trice Stadium (31-17 in 2015; 44-41 in 2017; 18-17 in 2019).

"I’m pretty sure their fans are in their head talking about, 'We need to beat the Hawkeyes.' This is like their Super Bowl," Goodson said. "They haven’t beat us in a couple years. I think them being at their home place, knowing College GameDay is going to be there, is a good distraction for them and allows us just to focus on us."

"I was like, 'Holy smokes, this is different than any game I’ve ever been to,'" Petras said Tuesday.

Now Petras is the starting quarterback for the first time in this game, and he’s being entrusted to continue an almost incredible streak in this series. Since Jordan Canzeri’s fourth-quarter fumble in a 17-17 game in 2015, the Hawkeyes have gone 294 plays over six years without a single offensive turnover against the Cyclones.

"I did not know that," Petras said about the turnover-free string that has consumed 249:09 of Cy-Hawk game clock. "Our No. 1 goal offensively is to have zero turnovers. It’s certainly a point of emphasis every week. That’s part of my job, part of our job as an offense."

Leistikow's 4 thoughts: Placekicker a fascinating Cy-Hawk subplot; Tyler Goodson calls game Iowa State's 'Super Bowl'

Des Moines Register 07 September, 2021 - 02:12pm

Jeff Shudak is No. 2 on Iowa State’s all-time scoring list, with 266 career points as a four-year kicker from 1987-90. Shudak made 58 field goals at an impressive 73.4% clip during his time in Ames.

His son, Caleb Shudak, is the Hawkeyes’ first-string kicker now. Caleb took advantage of the COVID-19-impacted 2020 season that didn't count against eligibility to return for a sixth year at Iowa. Now, in Game 2 of his first season as Iowa's field-goal specialist, he gets to kick where his father did — No. 12 Iowa (1-0) at No. 10 Iowa State (1-0) at 3:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ABC.

"It is cool to think about being on the same field and kicking to the same uprights that he did," Shudak said of his father. "I get a little emotional thinking about it and talking with him about it. It’s so cool. He was my childhood hero. (As a kid), I was like, 'Man, this is the best kicker in the world.'"

Yet when Shudak visited Iowa, he found a more intimate engineering program that fit his learning style and he fell in love with the Hawkeye coaches. For four years, he was a walk-on, too.

"I don’t know if he’ll ever admit it, but (me choosing Iowa) was probably tough for him initially," Shudak said of his father. "He was a diehard Iowa State fan. But seeing how happy it made me and how much better I was getting athletically, academically, as a person that was maturing, I think he really enjoyed that."

"Got a little more loose. Got a little more comfortable with the situation," said Shudak, who later drilled a 35-yarder. 

Shudak finished his masters degree in engineering in May, and now he’s enjoying this football opportunity to take over for an All-American (and friend) in Duncan, who delivered so many great Hawkeye memories.

"He said, 'Just take it in. It is a big game and you have the opportunity to play a really good team, but just take it in and enjoy it,'" Shudak said. "He always reminds me that you’ve put in so much work, why stress about it so much? Just have fun."

Iowa’s All-American center is absolutely paramount to the Hawkeyes’ cause Saturday. He played a significant role two years ago in Ames, too. Linderbaum was making his third career start then, and he led quarterback Nate Stanley into the end zone for a key fourth-quarter touchdown.

Linderbaum spoke with a wrap around his upper left leg, which is more than likely heavily bruised after he took a helmet there in the Hawkeyes’ win against Indiana. Though Linderbaum played the rest of the game after a visit to the medical tent, it was more encouraging to hear he was a full go in practice Tuesday. He's been receiving treatment to get ready for Saturday.

The injury, he said, "happened to me before in high school. I knew the same feeling. It was uncomfortable at first. I’m working through it and feeling 100%."

Iowa is pretty healthy overall entering this game. Offensive lineman Kyler Schott (foot) is out again, but head coach Kirk Ferentz said punt/kick returner Charlie Jones and everyone else in the two-deep practiced Tuesday. Jones exited Saturday's game with what appeared to be a leg injury.

Brock was a four-star prospect out of nearby Quincy, Illinois, who was being recruited heavily by Iowa and Iowa State. When word got to Goodson, an Atlanta-area product with a three-star designation, that Brock was taking an official visit to Iowa, that sped up his decision timeline.

Goodson picked Iowa, and Brock picked Iowa State. It hopefully works out great for both parties. It certainly has for Goodson, who was a first-team all-Big Ten selection in 2020 and had 19 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Indiana.

Goodson’s confidence stood out Tuesday among an otherwise generic set of player interviews.

"I think we’ll be successful come Saturday," the junior said.

Goodson smiled at the idea of ESPN’s College GameDay being in Ames this weekend and the fact that Iowa has won the past five meetings, three of which have come at Jack Trice Stadium (31-17 in 2015; 44-41 in 2017; 18-17 in 2019).

"I’m pretty sure their fans are in their head talking about, 'We need to beat the Hawkeyes.' This is like their Super Bowl," Goodson said. "They haven’t beat us in a couple years. I think them being at their home place, knowing College GameDay is going to be there, is a good distraction for them and allows us just to focus on us."

"I was like, 'Holy smokes, this is different than any game I’ve ever been to,'" Petras said Tuesday.

Now Petras is the starting quarterback for the first time in this game, and he’s being entrusted to continue an almost incredible streak in this series. Since Jordan Canzeri’s fourth-quarter fumble in a 17-17 game in 2015, the Hawkeyes have gone 294 plays over six years without a single offensive turnover against the Cyclones.

"I did not know that," Petras said about the turnover-free string that has consumed 249:09 of Cy-Hawk game clock. "Our No. 1 goal offensively is to have zero turnovers. It’s certainly a point of emphasis every week. That’s part of my job, part of our job as an offense."

Iowa deserves more attention in college football rankings after dominating Indiana: The Athletic 130

The Athletic 07 September, 2021 - 10:30am

Iowa deserves more attention in college football rankings after dominating Indiana: The Athletic 130

Iowa deserves more attention in college football rankings after dominating Indiana: The Athletic 130

KCCI Des Moines 07 September, 2021 - 10:30am

Iowa deserves more attention in college football rankings after dominating Indiana: The Athletic 130

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