For the 107th time in the rivalry’s history, the Iowa State Cyclones are set to take on the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. The Big 12 opponents are looking for a win in what is looking like one of the most important games in the history of the matchup.
Who has had the advantage? We’ll examine the history of the rivalry and who has fared better in the series.
History and Results of Iowa State-Kansas State Series
The Cyclones and Wildcats first met back in 1917 in Ames, Iowa where Iowa State defeated Kansas State 10-7. In the first 12 years of the rivalry, Iowa State won eight games and tied with the Wildcats once.
Kansas State would take back control of the series, winning seven of the next eight games between 1929 through 1936. The Cyclones returned the favor winning 13 of the next 16 games after that, with two ties as well through 1952.
The ’50s and ’60s would be split between Kansas State and Iowa State. From 1971 through 1989, Iowa State dominated the series. Kansas State only won three games in 19 matchups, with the Cyclones taking 15 of them (and one tie).
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From 1990 on, Iowa State has only beaten Kansas State seven times. The rest are wins by the Wildcats that include two different ten-game winning streaks in the ’90s and the 2010s. To be exact, Kansas State is 26-7 since 1990 against Iowa State.
Examining the last five years, it has been back and forth between the two teams. The Cyclones have won three of the last five games. During their matchup last year in Ames, it was Kansas State taking down the Cyclones 10-9.
Overall, in the series, Iowa State has the lead over Kansas State holding a 52-50-4 record. The Wildcats are not far behind, especially since they have been the dominant team over the last three decades.
The two teams will face off against each other on Saturday at 8:00 pm ET on FOX.