Asked by Sean Neugent 9/26/2016 974 Votes Do you want Iowa State to remain on the Hawkeyes schedule? 33% Yes 9 67% No WINNER 16 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Copy Link 33% Yes Add Comment Comment Share with friends The rivalry is great for the state and it has been mostly competitive since Ferentz took over at nine wins a piece. The rivalry is great for the state and it has been mostly competitive since Ferentz took over at nine wins a piece. Show Less 9 Comments 0 Mike BandOnthe Rundle It's a good rivalry and ISU is a power 5 school. Iowa needs to add a big non conference game in another slot. Reply Reply 0 Dave Vovos Its good for the state and new coach will improve the program. Reply Reply 0 Patrick Lamoureux Is this even a real question? Reply Reply 0 Seth Koerner It's good for the state. Good for Iowa football exposure. Reply Reply 0 Tammy Matt Fans are fooling themselves if they think we're ever going to be respected early in the season. It's the Ws youve aquired at the end of November that command respect when it matters. Keep em as fodder Reply Reply 0 Dennis Carroll There are 3 non-conference games that get played each year. Drop a MAC or FCS team from the schedule and replace with another Power 5 school. This is a good rivalry for the state of Iowa. Reply Reply 0 Kyle Callaghan Keep ISU and drop one of our token MAC games for a high profile matchup. It's one of the few instate rivalries in the nation between 2 P5 teams from different conf + Iowa kids want to beat ISU. Generally, when we can't beat ISU in week 2, we're probably going to get beat by anyone better we play. Reply Reply 0 Matthew Pitts Means too much for the stat. Even as a die hard iowa fan, the number of times overall strength of schedule will come into play i not worth losing the rivalry. Reply Reply 67% No Add Comment Comment Share with friends We lose ISU and instead schedule a good storied program like an Alabama or LSU, etc. and it would strengthen our schedule. No one can make the argument that our schedule is too ... Show More We lose ISU and instead schedule a good storied program like an Alabama or LSU, etc. and it would strengthen our schedule. No one can make the argument that our schedule is too weak. The rivalry might be a good one with the Cyclones and it's a fun game, but their record just isn't good enough at the end of the year. Show Less 16 Comments 3 Andrew Bradley Davis Over the last several years the series has been back and forth, but Iowa seems to be more focused on building that national brand that can compete, and recruit with the best in college football. Dropping Iowa State, and booking Power 5 opponents early will only help further establish Iowa football. Reply Reply 1 James Joseph Franklin Hoover if we beat ISU it doesn't matter (you may even drop in the polls), if we lose our season is over. If you lose to ND, USC, Florida, etc. it doesn't hurt, they're good programs and you can still rebound in the polls. You beat those teams and it catapults you in the rankings and sets up the season. Reply Reply 1 Ryan Petersen If you're an ISU fan you want it. There is nothing to gain for Iowa and I am simply tired of hearing the national pundits be right about the hox out of conference schedule. They are right whether I like it or not. Why give them a narrative to follow? ryan Reply Reply 0 Robert Ihry While I concede the Cyclones have made the series competitive since 1998 (which is apparently when football started at ISU), I simply don't believe this game offers anything to the Hawks. I would like to see the Hawks play other Power 5 programs. Reply Reply 0 Jay Cole Iowa needs to step up the non conference teams to have tougher schedules. It helps prepare for the Big Ten teams & helps get better position in post season games. Reply Reply 0 Keverley Gent Would like us to play teams that help our strength of schedule. Reply Reply 0 Pat Kinnick No upside for the Hawks. ISU is a second tier team and hurts Iowa's strength of scheule Reply Reply 0 Richard Mason It's a no-win situation for Iowa, if we win - well we should have. Iowa doesn't benefit in any way from this game, unless it's financial. Reply Reply 0 Jeremy Meyer Until they are consistently competitive for a little 12 title it hurts us to play them. Reply Reply 0 Sean McDonald We can play them every other year, but also open up opportunities to play in marquee matchups and in neutral field games. These would be better for recruiting and more equitable in terms of profit sharing. Reply Reply 0 Nels Nord I has noting to gain drom the series.When it is played in Ames,they have there best season ticket sales.NN Reply Reply 0 Josh Frahm I get that it is good for the state but it is still a no win situation nationally for Iowa. I'd rather beef up the schedule. A loss to LSU/Oklahoma/Arkansas or anyone like that is better than beating Iowa St. Reply Reply 0 Todd Melvin Lose lose situation. Now that would change if they became relevant in the Big 12 or at least won 8 or more games a year on a regular basis, otherwise they go the way of the FCS teams. They are an FCS program (or at best MAC) masquerading as a power 5 program anyway. Reply Reply 0 Brett Lose/Lose scenario for Iowa. If you're going to play a Power 5 team, play one that will gain natl. respect Reply Reply 0 Sarah Bolles Thompson I would rather see Iowa play a better team early so they can improve before conference play. Reply Reply 0 Sean Neugent If they improve their record over the next two years, yes. I hope head coach Matt Campbell can turn this program around. Reply Reply Eric Stone Huge assumption that they're going to replace it with a more "storied" program, which by the way is a two-way street as the other program has to want to play THEM too.