AMES --There have always been those of the Hawkeye persuasion who insist the Iowa-Iowa State game is the Cyclones' Super Bowl every year.
First-year ISU head coach Paul Rhoads says that isn't the case.
What does next Saturday's Iowa-ISU game in Ames mean to his program, Rhoads was asked after his Cyclones started the year by defeating North Dakota State, 34-17.
"Our second game," he said. "No, it's really not (more important than the others). Really not.
"We look forward to the game. We're glad to be 1-0 going into it. There are 12 games, all of equal importance. The Big 12 North is a goal we will always have in this program, of being Big 12 North champions and then going from there. That game has no effect on how that all plays out."
But still ...
"(There's) recruiting. You're dealing with the pride of the people in this community and this university. Obviously, it's one of the greatest rivalries that I've ever been part of, and I'd like to think I've been part of some pretty classic rivalries in college football."