CY-HAWK BLOCK BUSTER

WHO-TV’s Keith Murphy talks with young fans during one of last year’s RVTV events in Norwalk. Murphy will be a part of the crew who will make the trip to Rockwell City on Sept. 11. [Photo courtesy of WHO-TV]

Rockwell City welcomes RVTV ahead of Iowa-ISU gridiron clash

At 3 p.m. on Sept. 14, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones will collide on the gridiron of MidAmerican Field at Jack Trice Stadium with the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Trophy, and state bragging rights, at stake.

Since 1977, Herky has reigned supreme over the series thus far, holding a 44-22 advantage over Cy. Herky has also maintained the status of Iowa being the Hawkeye State, winning the past four of five contests since 2013.

For the first time since The Coaches Poll expanded from 20 to 25 in 1990, both the Hawks and Cyclones were provided preseason rankings – with Iowa placed at No. 19, while Iowa State is stationed at No. 24.

Iowa also entered into the preseason poll by the Associated Press since 2010, while Iowa State comes into the preseason rankings for the first time since 1978.

Excitement for the upcoming season is seen in the fans that call the land of corn, hogs and soybeans home. After all, the Hawkeyes are returning 11 starts from a successful 2018 campaign that saw Iowa defeat Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl and the Cyclones are bringing back 14 starters following their Alamo Bowl appearance last season.

For the first time in quite some time, there are legitimate reasons why there are high hopes stirring up in both sides of the Cy-Hawk divide.

During the week of the latest iteration of the Cy-Hawk football series, Rockwell City is preparing for something special.

Three days before the black and gold meets the cardinal and gold on the field, Rockwell City will host RVTV – a traveling tailgate tour conducted by WHO-TV of Des Moines – for a night of broadcasts and various community events on Sept. 11 at the Courthouse Square.

It is the first time since its inception in 2012 that RVTV will make a stop in Calhoun County.

The free event will start at 4 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m., with WHO-TV broadcasting its evening news from the Courthouse Square at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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