Stats mean nothing in this rivalry. OK. I still want to look at them.
Here are the facts:
Both Iowa and Iowa State have played a couple relative cupcakes thus far (ISU's opponents are a bit better than Iowa, granted)... however, both teams if to be taken seriously should have dominated their opponents thus far.
Let's look at the stats, even if they lie this early in the season:
ISU vs. OPPONENTS (SDSU, Kent State)
Scoring: 92, 45
First Downs: 34, 38
Rushing Yards: 389, 423
Passing Yards: 373, 337
Total Offense: 762, 760
Fumbles (Lost): 5 (4), 7 (5)
INTs (Def): 5, 0
ISU is averaging 6 penalties a game at an average of 10+ yards per penalty.
Opponents are averaging 210+ yards rushing per game vs. ISU.
In the SDSU game, no one player had over 100 yards (passing, receiving, running) - the biggest individual stat was Arnaud passing for 98 yards.
ISU has yet to have a 100 yard rusher this season. Scales is averaging 1.9 yards per carry on 26 attempts.
IOWA vs. OPPONENTS (Maine, FIU)
Scoring: 88, 3
First Downs: 52, 28
Rushing Yards: 486, 193
Passing Yards: 483, 245
Total Offense: 969, 438
Fumbles (Lost): 3 (1), 2 (1)
INTs (Def): 4, 2
IOWA is averaging 3 penalties a game at an average of 10+ yards per penalty.
Opponents are averaging less than 100 yards rushing per game vs. IOWA.
IOWA has scored 11 TDs and has yet to give up 1.
IOWA has scored more points in the first quarters of their games than they have in the entire second half of the games (mainly because of the starters being pulled and KF's refusal to run up scores).
Shonn Greene has back-to-back 100 yard games in two games where he only play 1 half of football in each - he is averaging almost 7 yards per carry. Greene has outrushed the entire backfield of the Cyclones in only 4+ quarters of action.
Moeaki and Stross haven't played a snap yet this year.
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