Breaking Down Big 10 & Big 12 Football

by Amy JohnsonStaff Writer

Iowa beat down Iowa State in triumphant style in week two of college football, handing the Cyclones a 35-3 loss at Jack Trice Stadium. The Iowa/ISU rivalry is taken quite seriously by fans, but in the realm of college football, it’s just a game. The teams play hard every week in hopes of reaching one main goal: an invitation to a bowl game at the end of the season.Both colleges belong to tough conferences. Iowa takes on rivals from the Big 10 while Iowa State tries to keep up with the best in the Big 12. Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, junior quarterback Sam Bradford, plays for the hard-hitting Oklahoma Sooners of the Big 12. Again this year, two Heisman Trophy contenders lead their teams through the daunting Big 12 Conference. Texas quarterback, senior Colt McCoy and junior wide receiver Dez Bryant from Oklahoma State both hope to knock Florida quarterback Tim Tebow off his pedestal and steal the prestigious Heisman Trophy from his hands.For the second year in a row, Iowa knocked off a top-five-ranked Penn State. The Hawks find themselves ranked 13th in the AP Poll after this upset, and the Nittany Lions of Penn State are left out of the ranks.Both conferences have an abundance of teams looking down the road with a good chance of landing themselves in a bowl game this January. Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin have started out strong this year, and all have a legitimate chance of being in the sunshine and warmth that a bowl game usually offers. The Iowa Hawkeyes aren’t to be counted out of the hunt for a bowl game. With a coach like Kirk Ferentz and a fan base that isn’t afraid to travel, the Hawks are big contenders as well. Both conferences have teams capable of shooting up from under the radar to hook a bowl game at the end of the season.The Big 12 is a powerhouse of ranked teams this year, with Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas all well aware of how it feels to play a game after the regular season is over. Last year, the Sooners went to the prestigious Bowl Championship Series National Championship only to come up short in a loss to the Florida Gators. With a bitter taste left in their mouth, the Sooners hope to avenge and reclaim their title as a dominating football team. The Texas Longhorns, ranked second by the Associated Press, has a stacked team ready to perform with the best. A showdown is sure to ensue when the two meet October 17.Both conferences are stacked with competition. Both Iowa and Iowa State have tough teams to contend with. Iowa State’s new coach Paul Rhoads plans on making ISU a contender for years to come. With plenty of young talent, that’s not out of the picture. Ferentz and his Hawkeyes have always found a way to win. Both of the big universities have the ability to radiate victory, and Iowans should have plenty to brag about for years to come.