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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

It's Cy-Hawk week in Iowa City, and while some in the Iowa locker room want to say it's just another game, most know that's just not true.

“Just being able to see this rivalry game as a kid and now being part of it is pretty special,” said defensive end Anthony Nelson.

“Being from Iowa, growing up a Hawkeye fan, and really just seeing how it's gone, it's always been close. Really it's a big game.” agreed Decorah alum Josey Jewell.

Two straight years the road team has come out victorious in the annual Cy-Hawk game, but with Iowa as a 14 point favorite that seems unlikely this time. However, it's not out of the question.

A good measure of how unpredictable this series has been: Iowa State has been favored in just two out of the last 18 years, but the Cyclones have won 10 games in that time frame. The Hawkeyes seem aware that anything can happen.

“It doesn't seem to matter if it's home, what happened the week before, all that stuff, really all it comes down to is who plays the best on that given day,” said Kirk Ferentz during Tuesday's weekly press conference, “That's the challenge that's ahead of us right now.”

As for scouting Iowa State, one guy that certainly has Iowa's attention is All-Big 12 receiver Allen Lazard.”

“We're going to have to get physical with him, get tough, and try to keep them from making the big plays,” said Iowa's All-American defensive back Desmond King, “That's something we're going to have to do this game to eliminate the big plays and not let them get in the end zone.”

The end goal is of course to keep the Cyclones in check and put the Cy-Hawk trophy back in the empty case in the lobby of Iowa's football building. It's been temporarily re-located in the Hawkeye weight room as a reminder.

“We don't have the trophy right now, if you notice, we're missing one, because in our mind it's not ours this week. We've got to earn it,” said freshman fullback Brady Ross.

King agrees.

“It kind of shows that the trophy can be gone at any minute, so we kind of want to feed off that and keep that trophy here in this building.”

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