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CyHawk series between Iowa-Iowa State extended until 2023

Kirk Ferentz’s worst nightmare game will extend beyond his current contract.

The landscape of college football continues to change on a yearly basis. It has led to plenty of traditions being torn up. In the state of Iowa, no game gets people going like Iowa-Iowa State, or as it is best known — the CyHawk Series.

It is also a game that has seen lapses in continuous play, and with the Big Ten and Big 12 both playing nine conference games some believed the series’ future was in jeopardy. However, on Tuesday afternoon Iowa and Iowa State’s athletic directors announced a two-year extension of the series for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz will tell you all about the importance to the state for this game, but it has also been his worst nightmare as the Hawkeyes head coach. Despite a huge advantage in winning football by his Hawkeyes, Ferentz is just 9-9 since the 1999 season against Iowa State.

However, Iowa leads the all-time series at 43-22 and have taken control of the series in the last few years. The Hawkeyes have won three of the last four games, including a 42-3 victory that serves as the most lop-sided win in the series since a 63-20 win by the Hawkeyes in 1997.

It is a welcome bit of news for perhaps the most competitive and crazy in-state rivalry over the last two decades. The two teams are tied at 10-10 in the last 20 meetings and have played some absolutely incredible matchups.

Additionally, this game isn’t played at some neutral site, instead fans from both sides flock to each other stadium in the hopes of celebrating a victory.

While it is just a two-year extension of the series, hopefully this is a sign that things will continue far beyond for perhaps the Big Ten’s best on-field rivalry that is still being played.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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