Iowa, Iowa State make rivalry extension official


About three weeks ago it was reported that Iowa and Iowa State were closing in on an extension to their in-state rivalry.

Wednesday, that came to fruition as the two schools announced an agreement has been reached on a four-game extension that will keep the annual Cy-Hawk game going through the 2021 season.  The two teams will play in Iowa City Sept. 8, 2018, and Sept. 12, 2020. and in Ames Sept. 14, 2019, and Sept. 11, 2021.

The previous agreement was set to run out after the 2017 season.

“We are pleased to have the contract extended through the 2021 season,” said Iowa athletic director Gary Barta in a statement. “In-state rivalries are an exciting part of college athletics, and you can feel a different energy across the state during the week of the Hawkeye-Cyclone matchup.”

The two football programs have met every season since 1977, with the resumption that season coming after a 43-year hiatus.  The Hawkeyes own a 40-21 edge in the series and have won seven of the last 111.

“We are excited to extend our contract with the University of Iowa in football through the 2021 season,” ISU AD Jamie Pollard said. “This game is very important to the residents of this state and I am pleased both institutions are committed to continuing the rivalry. Rivalry games are great for college football.”