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Iowa State opens as a 16 point favorite against UNI in Saturday's in-state rivalry,  but as the past has shown, the Panthers have proven they can play with the bigger programs.

They did it last year nearly pulling off the win at 12th ranked Wisconsin.  In fact, in the last four years, UNI has been within one touchdown of beating Iowa and Iowa State as well .

The Cyclone players made it very clear that they're well versed on history.

"If you look past them, they're going to come up and bite you," said senior running back Jeff Woody, "You can ask Iowa State, 2 years ago, when we had to pull off a miraculous Steele to Josh connection on a 4th and 12 in order for that to happen.  You can ask the University of Iowa the year before that when they had to block 2 kicks in a row just to survive UNI"

"It's something that you definitely can't take them lightly," added quarterback Sam Richardson, "and that's something we've harped on all week is how good of an opponent they are.  They're used to winning.  It's a program that wins a lot of games every season."

UNI is coming off a rare, losing campaign when they finished 5-6.

Saturday's game kicks off at 7 PM in Ames.

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