AMES, Ia. — Expect the Iowa State-Iowa football rivalry to live beyond the date its current contract expires. Both athletic directors, Iowa State’s Jamie Pollard and Iowa’s Gary Barta, want to continue what has been an annual backyard bash since 1977.
“Gary and I have spoken several times, and it is my understanding he shares our desire to extend the series,” Pollard said. “Although we have not contractually done it, we fully anticipate doing so sometime in the near future.”
The 61st game in this series that started in 1894 was played Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. It’s in Iowa City in 2014 and ’16, and in Ames in 2015 and ’17.
That’s when the current contract, initiated in 2008, expires.
“We haven’t created a new contract yet, but we’ve agreed it makes sense to continue,” Barta said.
Even the Big Ten adopting a nine-game conference schedule in 2016 won’t be an issue. Iowa State has played nine Big 12 games and three non-conference games since 2011.
“There was concern on both sides about conference realignment and the number of conference games,” Barta said, “but both of those hurdles seem to be cleared.”
Therefore, Iowa State will continue hosting the game in odd years, and Iowa hosts in even years.
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