Iowa Football: Hawkeyes Jump In AP, Coaches Poll


Black Heart Gold Pants 12 September, 2021 - 03:07pm

When is the Cy Hawk game?

How to watch Cy-Hawk game: Free live stream, time, TV, channel for Iowa vs. Iowa State. No. 10 Iowa faces No. 9 Iowa State in the Cy-Hawk game, a rivalry college football game, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, September 11, 2021 (9/11/21). Fans can watch the game for free via a trial of fuboTV. nj.comHow to watch Cy-Hawk game: Free live stream, time, TV, channel for Iowa vs. Iowa State

What time is the Cy Hawk game 2021?

The Cy-Hawk Trophy is awarded to the winner. Kickoff from Jack Trice Stadium is set for 4:30 p.m. ET. CBSSports.comIowa State vs. Iowa odds, line: 2021 college football picks, Cy-Hawk Trophy predictions by model on 63-45 run

The Hawkeyes get rewarded in the polls for a big time win in Ames.

The offense has still not shown much to be terribly excited about, but Phil Parker’s defense took the national stage provided by ESPN’s College Game Day (which coincidentally spent significant time heaping praise on ISU defensive coordinator John Heacock and the Cyclone defense) to jump into the conversation as the best in the country. Following a second straight week where the Hawkeyes intercepted three passes and forced ranked opponents with highly-touted quarterbacks to reach onto their bench to close out the game, the Hawkeyes now find themselves in a unique spot.

Iowa may well have taken the Cyclone’s spot in the national media’s spotlight as a darling. On Sunday, the Associated Press released their updated poll and again the Hawkeyes made a big jump. This time Iowa climbs five spots from #10 to #5 in the nation.

Your #Hawkeyes are up to No. 5 in this week's @AP_Top25 Poll

Here’s a look at the full AP poll.

The Coaches poll continues to lag the AP in terms of their belief in Iowa. The Hawkeyes moved up there as well, but not quite as much. Iowa comes in at #7 there. Here’s a look at the full poll.

The Hawkeyes rose to the challenge in weeks one and two with a pair of wins of AP top-25 teams. Their the only team in the nation to do so. After those two difficult matchups to start the season, Iowa is back in action in week three against unranked Kent State.

The Hawkeyes are set to kick off at 2:30pm CT from Kinnick Stadium. This week’s game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

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Leistikow: In latest Cy-Hawk win, Iowa shows it's got the defense required for a special season

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No surprise on this day, one of those four Hawkeyes was Jack Campbell. “A monster,” Jacobs would call him later in postgame Zoom interviews. The Hawkeyes’ difference-making middle linebacker in his first Cy-Hawk start scooped the bouncing ball at the 6-yard line. As he did, the four pursuing Hawkeyes in the camera frame had grown to eight.

Campbell completed the formality and dove into the end zone, and the celebration began on the way to 12th-ranked Iowa’s 27-17 win against No. 10 Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium.

But more importantly, it was a reflection of what Iowa players say is making this defense so special … and why the ceiling remains high. They're all on the same page with great affection and trust for one another, something that Jacobs said helps all 11 guys play fast and free.

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“When we were on that field, I felt like there was 11 defensive guys flying to that ball,” Campbell said. “That’s just the standard that we’ve set here, that coach Parker, coach (Seth) Wallace, coach (Kelvin) Bell, coach (Jay) Niemann, that they all hold us to.”

Saturday, the Iowa defense triggered four turnovers against the reigning Fiesta Bowl champs that brought everybody back — one on the Hall fumble, three on interceptions of 66.5% career passer Brock Purdy. The greatest quarterback in Cyclone football history was paralyzed by Parker’s defense for most of three quarters before being benched, finishing 13-for-27 for 138 yards.

It was hard to ignore the thumping that Campbell delivered to Purdy just as he released a first-quarter throw. Maybe Purdy was rattled on that incompletion, maybe it was just an indication of a tough day for the home team. But it certainly served as a statement by the Iowa defense early in this game that no yardage would be gained easily.

“You talk about physicality. That’s what you do at Iowa,” Campbell said.

To Jacobs, a young sophomore with supreme athleticism making his first big impact in a Hawkeye game, Campbell (eight tackles Saturday and his first career touchdown) embodies what the Iowa defense is doing and can do.

The season scorecard to date: Iowa has held two top-20 opponents to an average of 11.5 points per game, 286 yards per game and 4.3 yards per play — the same figure Iowa allowed a year ago in leading all FBS teams in that category — and forced seven turnovers.

Most remarkably, the Iowa defense has scored three touchdowns … and allowed two.

Pretty incredible. And, Hankins confidently said this pace can be sustained.

“We definitely can," said Hankins, who intercepted Purdy twice Saturday. (Seth Benson collected the other off a tipped ball by Ames native Joe Evans.) “It just comes down to film work, preparation and reading the keys. It’s not luck."

How far can this defense carry the Hawkeyes?

That's not a prediction, but a spot in the Big Ten Conference championship game Dec. 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium is more firmly in Iowa's sights after two defensive gems like this.

Iowa (2-0 with two impressive wins) will almost certainly be the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the nation this week after Ohio State's home loss to Oregon. Iowa's schedule is manageable from here — Kent State and Colorado State the next two weeks at home before a tricky road trip to Maryland — but it'll have to play with great urgency every week, with a top-10 ranking target on its back.

But as Saturday proved, nothing will come easy against them, either.

“That’s just the standard we’ve set in trying to uphold … and trying to push the limits of how good a defense can be at the University of Iowa," Campbell said. "We made a couple of mistakes today. We’re going to fix them."

Hot start: Iowa achieves highest AP Poll ranking since 2015

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With two ranked wins to start the season, Iowa has made it into the top five of the AP Poll.

The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 5 in the latest poll, which was released on Sunday afternoon. It’s Iowa’s first appearance in the top five since 2015, when it made it all the way to the B1G Championship Game.

Their highest-ranking since George Kittle & C.J. Beathard in 2015

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That 2015 team went 12-2, ultimately losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and to Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

This year, Iowa has secured comfortable victories over Indiana and Iowa State. The Hawkeyes were dominant vs. the Hoosiers, ultimately winning that game 34-6.

The Cy-Hawk game was a bit more competitive, but Iowa forced quarterback Brock Purdy to throw three interceptions. The Hawkeyes also forced a fumble from star running back Breece Hall, which they returned for a touchdown.

Iowa’s schedule softens up for the rest of September, as the Hawkeyes host Kent State in Week 3 and Colorado State in Week 4.

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