The college football season starts for Iowa State and Northern Iowa on Saturday night in Ames.
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The college football season starts for Iowa State and Northern Iowa on Saturday night in Ames. It's their first meeting in two years.
The Panthers are ranked 16th in the FCS preseason polls, while the Cyclones are picked to finish ninth in the Big 12. Iowa State leads the overall series 20 to 4.
UNI did win in Ames in 2007, 24-13, when Gene Chizik was the Cyclones head coach. In their last meeting in 2011, Iowa State had to score twice in the final five minutes to beat the Panthers by one point, 20-19.
In Vegas, the Cyclones are 17-point favorites, but ISU expects it to be a lot closer.
"If you look past UNI at all, to try and think about the 7, 8, 9, how many ever wins, if you look past them, they're going to come up and bite you," said ISU running back Jeff Woody. "You can ask Iowa State two years ago."
"You definitely can't take them lightly and that's something we've harped on this whole week is how good of an opponent they are," said ISU quarterback Sam Richardson. "They're used to winning. They're a program that wins a lot of games every season. It's something you can't overlook."
UNI and Iowa State play at 7 o'clock Saturday. The game is on Mediacom cable.
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