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ESPN College GameDay rewind: All the updates from Iowa State

For the first time, Ames, GameDay came to your city

The day finally arrived. College GameDay was live from Ames.

Before Iowa State takes on No. 19 Iowa in one of the most-anticipated games in Cy-Hawk series history, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and the crew set the scene outside Jack Trice Stadium with their popular weekly preview show.

From signs to interviews to mascot heads, here are all the state of Iowa-related updates in case you couldn't tune in for all three hours.

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11 a.m. — The picks are in! Kirk Herbstreit and Eric Church are taking the Hawkeyes. Desmond Howard and Lee Corso like the Cyclones.



10:42 a.m. — Lots of analysis. Kirk Herbstreit is impressed with Iowa QB Nate Stanley. "That's a different kind of Iowa attack, when you have a quarterback in this kind of environment, that you trust to be able to make good decisions, whether it's third down, whether you're backed up in your own end zone, whatever it might be. Stanley and the balance and the big-play ability of Ihmir Smith-Marsette, this Hawkeye team is for real."

Desmond Howard: "It's going to be imperative that the Iowa State defense doesn't give up the big play. 

"They want to get their best 11 on the field ... These guys are very active on the second level.

"The 3-3-5 configuration, I think, is going to give Iowa's offense fits today."

10:38 a.m. — First picks of the day both go Iowa State's way. David Pollack and Chris Fallica are taking the Cyclones.

10:35 a.m. — Soundbites from players and coaches focus on how physical this game will be.

Matt Campbell: "It's Iowa football. It's gonna be about stopping the run and that hasn't changed."

Kirk Ferentz: "We're playing a very unique defensive scheme this week."

10:28 a.m. — Time to feast.



10:02 a.m. — Kirk Herbstreit: "I wonder about Nebraska, they're 4-8 last year, they go to Chicago (for Big Ten Media Days), all they're hearing about is they are the team and you wonder if ... (BOOOOOOOOO) ... yeah, they love Nebraska here."

9:53 a.m. — Rece Davis: "They've been lobbying to get us here and they delivered. One of the most underrated atmospheres in college football."

9:25 a.m. — Seneca Wallace sighting! The former Iowa State quarterback on Cy-Hawk week: "It's different. Everybody's awareness is up. For the people here from the state of Iowa that played on our team in '02, it meant so much to them, so for us to go down there and beat them in their stadium, it was the best feeling. It was quiet. Everybody was excited at halftime and it completely changed after halftime when we came back to win.


9:20 a.m. — ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski reports on the history of the Cy-Hawk trophy. Must-watch.


8:50 a.m. — Here's Kirk Herbstreit on the Iowa and Iowa State programs:

"Kirk Ferentz has a culture that has been established. You just close your eyes, it doesn't matter who graduates, you know what Iowa's gonna be the very next year. They recruit players that are very hard-nosed, blue-collar kids. Most of them redshirt, they get in the weight room, they've got a great conditioning program and staff.


"Now they have a new culture here in Ames. You just heard Matt Campbell. By the way, when Matt Campbell got done with Maria, I was like, 'all right, I'm going to go play for Matt Campbell.' Matt Campbell is incredible in the way he talks about discipline, toughness and accountability, things that guys really fall in love with. It's what the team is all about."

8:46 a.m. — Rece Davis is impressed by the atmosphere outside Jack Trice Stadium. "This is one of the great tailgating scenes in all of college football."

8:33 a.m. — Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell is on set for an interview with ESPN's Maria Taylor.

"Yes, every big game, there's just a little bit extra, but at the end of it, it's the team that has the discipline and detail that's going to allow you to have success," Campbell said.

He turned to the crowd and said, "We appreciate the best fans in college athletics. Thanks for the support and go Cyclones!"


8:31 a.m. — Kinnick House mention! "Wouldn't you like to live in a house that resembles Kinnick Stadium?" *Crowd immediately boos*

8:30 a.m. — Former WOI-TV reporter Zubin Mehenti — now at ESPN — relayed a story about Hayden Fry and explained the ANF sticker on Iowa's helmets.


8:23 a.m. — Rece Davis with a plug for legal sports gambling in Iowa as Chris Fallica starts to make his three picks against the spread (Iowa -2 vs. Iowa State is on the board). By the way, Iowans placed $8.6 million in the first two weeks of sports betting.

8:16 a.m. — GameDay returned from its first break with highlights from Friday's Little Cy-Hawk game in Ames. Iowa City High was a 28-25 winner over Ames.


8:06 a.m. — The GameDay crew is (obviously) impressed by the crowd at Iowa State. We're already up to one Field of Dreams reference. And Lee Corso revealed that his mother, Irma, was born in Seymour, Iowa. There's always an Iowa tie!

8 a.m. — And we're live! GameDay opened with a "Cyclone Weather Alert" read by Rece Davis. It's a packed crowd outside Jack Trice Stadium with signs galore.



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