Iowa State plays Nebraska for the 105th and perhaps final time this weekend. The Cornhuskers are moving to the Big Ten next year and it will bring to an end a series which dates back to 1896.
Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud says it’s going to be “weird” to not play against Nebraska and Colorado in the near future. Arnaud says the game with the Huskers has not been a real rivalry, as Iowa State has just come in with a chip on their shoulder and tried to execute and beat them.
Arnaud was injured and did not play in the Cyclones’ 9-7 win in Lincoln last year. He says missing the chance to get the win in Lincoln was huge for him and he had to take the role of helping others. He says he’s excited to get the opportunity to play them in Ames.
Both teams can win the Big-12 North division title by winning out, though Arnaud says the Cyclones are not focused on that right now. Arnaud says they are 3-2 in the conference and that’s as far as he looks at it as he says it’s a huge game this weekend and then they look to the next game.
I.S.U. linebacker Jake Knott says he is sorry to see the series come to an end as he saw the game growing up as a kid and it has always been a big game for the fans and “hopefully we can give them a show.”
Knott says he is not surprised the Husker offense has put up impressive numbers as they knew what the Huskers could do. He says they have a great quarterback and an explosive offense with tremendous speed.