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Old 10-23-2014, 05:41 AM
Location: Chicago
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how would you describe the Iowa-ISU relationship? Is it typical of "University of _____" and "______ State University" in other states....or are there differences?
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Old 10-23-2014, 03:13 PM
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Are you talking athletics or academics?

The athletic rivalry might be a little more intense than in other states with two universities that compete head-to-head due to the lack of a major pro sports franchise in the state, but it's still by-and-large a friendly rivalry.

Academically I think there is more mutual respect between alumni of either university than you see in some states.
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:11 PM
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Left vs Right politics. Both looking to they're better than the other in every way. It's so indoctrinated into the culture of the state and won't change anytime soon. The lack of pro sports combined with the intrastate rivalry makes it more fanatical college football in Nebraska, where everyone is on the same team. Restaurants will do cheesy things like "Hawkeye vs Cyclone hamburgers" on game day.

The annual Cy-Hawk rivalry is truly the only game that matters to either school. Neither teams are championship contenders (although Iowa had some strong teams in the early to mid 2000s). Once that game is over the rest of the season is practically irrelevant.

Academically, Iowa has a stronger reputation nationally due to it's highly-ranked medical and law schools. It's also known to be more of a party school. ISU has a good engineering program and is known for its agricultural history. In terms of cities, Iowa City embraces the college town aspect, where Ames feels like a small city with a campus downtown.
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:55 AM
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Academically they are both highly regarded universities. Iowa probably a bit "sexier" since it is known for Medical and Legal Colleges vs Iowa State for Agriculture and Engineering.

Success in sports has lead Iowa to have a much larger fan base in most of the state (outside of central Iowa where it is closer to 50/50). Go State!!

Good rivalry, but nothing nasty/cutthroat like you see in the south...e.g...Auburn/Alabama; Texas/Texas A&M.
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:10 PM
Location: Cedar Rapids
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I would say for the most part yes it is a typical university vs. state school relationship as in most other states. I have noticed that UNI and Iowa tend to be complimentary of each other ... many Hawkeye fans are also Panther fans from my experience - but definitely not Cyclone fans, etc.
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:30 AM
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I graduated from ISU back in 1988.... I wasnt from Iowa when I went there....so didnt have much of background compared to native Iowans. But during my 4 years there.....the ISU-UI matchup in most any sport was highly competitive and meant a lot to each school. But there wasnt a huge amount of anger/hatred involved just typical back and forth banting. Both schools are highly regarded in the state and compliment each other as another poster said with UI with its more liberal arts, medical, law fields and ISU heavier into agriculture and engineering.

ISU has a beautiful campus-- absolutely loved it there. I never went to Iowa City but heard UI campus is very nice too.

I wouldnt hesistate to recommend either one to anyone I knew. Both quality schools and both in very nice small cities.
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