Iowa Hawkeyes Location: Iowa City, IA Coach: Kirk Ferentz (143-97@Iowa, 155-118 overall) 19th Season Stadium: Kinnick Stadium (Capacity: 69,250) CSJ Projections: 3rd: Big Ten (2nd West Division) 1st: Iowa 11th: FBS 11th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Hawkeyes finished 2017 just 8-5 overall but four of its five losses were by eight points or less.
Iowa State Cyclones Location: Ames, IA Coach: Matt Campbell (11-14@ISU, 46-29 overall) 3rd Season Stadium: Jack Trice Stadium (Capacity: 61,500) CSJ Projections: 5th: Big 12 2nd: Iowa 25th: FBS 25th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: Iowa State had one of college football’s best turnarounds in going 3-9 in 2016 to an 8-5 record last year.
Northern Iowa Panthers Location: Cedar Falls, IA Coach: Mark Farley (135–68) 18th Season Stadium: UNI-Dome (Capacity: 16,324) CSJ Projections: 3rd: Missouri Valley Football Conference 3rd: Iowa 11th: FCS 111th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: UNI made the FCS playoffs for the third time in four years last year but after an opening round win.
Drake Bulldogs Location: Des Moines, IA Coach: Rick Fox (26-18) 5th Season Stadium: Drake Stadium (Capacity: 14,557) CSJ Projections: 3rd: Pioneer League 4th: Iowa 90th: FCS 220th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Bulldogs with a very senior laden line-up finished 7-4 overall and 6-2 within the PFL but just could not overcome their historical.
IOWA CITY, IA–North Dakota State kicker Cam Pedersen drilled a clutch 37-yard field goal on the final play of the fourth quarter to lift the Bison to a stunning 23-21 victory against the Big Ten’s returning West Division champion Iowa on Saturday. The sellout crowd of 70,585 fans in Kinnick Stadium–the largest crowd to see NDSU.
It is rare that a FCS team beats an FBS team. It is even rarer for two FCS teams that defeated an FBS team in the previous week to meet the following week. But that is the case when Eastern Illinois and Illinois State meet this Saturday afternoon in Normal. This game pits the oldest.