CBS Sports puts all of Iowa football's rivalries among Big Ten's best (2024)

CBS Sports puts all of Iowa football's rivalries among Big Ten's best (1)

Riley Donald

July 1, 2024 7:00 am CT

The Big Ten, despite its recent growth and addition of four new members, is rooted in rivalries and year-to-year matchups for trophies and bragging rights. Headlined by “The Game” between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines, arguably among the best rivalries in all sports, the Big Ten has a long list of intense rivalries.

With the new era of college football, some conferences and long-time rivals have seen their yearly matchups fall to the wayside. Luckily, for teams and fans, the Big Ten protected this by guaranteeing protected games each year that keep these rivalries on the schedule.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have protected games against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Minnesota Golden Gophers, and the Wisconsin Badgers as part of this deal. These three games are also trophy games that rank highly among CBS Sports’ top Big Ten rivalries.

No. 3: Iowa vs. Minnesota for the Floyd of Rosedale

Coming in at No. 3 on the list is the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale. While Minnesota owns the all-time record, Iowa has dominated this rivalry lately winning 10 of the last 12 matchups.

3. Iowa vs. Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale)

If I were ranking Big Ten rivalry trophies, this would be first in a landslide victory. Who doesn’t want a trophy of a pig? The Floyd of Rosedale is perfect in every way, but I’m placing this one behind Minnesota and Wisconsin because there’s more history between those two. Still, it’s another border rivalry with an awesome trophy.Minnesota leads 63-52-2 – Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

No. 7: Iowa vs. Wisconsin for the Heartland Trophy

CBS Sports puts all of Iowa football's rivalries among Big Ten's best (3)

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Another battle of the former Big Ten West is the matchup of Iowa versus Wisconsin for the Heartland Trophy coming in at No. 7. Wisconsin barely leads this rivalry as they dominated the 2010s although Iowa has won three of the last four.

7. Iowa vs. Wisconsin (Heartland Trophy)

This rivalry has gained steam in the College Football Playoff era. While the Hawkeyes and Badgers have played a long time (96 games since 1894), things ramped up when they were placed in the Big Ten West. The division existed for 10 seasons, and one of these two won it in seven of those seasons, meaning their annual meeting mattered far more often than not. It will remain a protected rivalry for the time being, but I wonder if we could see this slip a bit now that they no longer share a division since neither is the other’s primary rival.Wisconsin leads 49-46-2

No. 9: Iowa vs. Nebraska for the Heroes Trophy

CBS Sports puts all of Iowa football's rivalries among Big Ten's best (4)

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Although a little further down the list, this one garners the most fan hate and true rivalry feelings online and among fans on both sides. Coming in at No. 9 is Iowa versus Nebraska for the Heroes Trophy.

Nebraska leads the all-time record but has seen that rapidly close as Iowa has won nine of the last 11.

9. Iowa vs. Nebraska (Heroes Trophy)

I appreciate how quickly these two fanbases took to hating the other. Nebraska didn’t join the Big Ten until 2011, but they were immediately placed in the Legends division with Iowa and then joined them in the West, meaning they’ve played every season since. It already feels like a Black Friday staple.Nebraska leads 30-21-3

New rivalries for Iowa

CBS Sports puts all of Iowa football's rivalries among Big Ten's best (5)

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With USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Washington joining the Big Ten, there is potential for a new rivalry to spawn itself. In 2024, Iowa draws Washington at home and takes a trip to play UCLA. They avoid Oregon and USC this season.

On paper, the most likely rivalries from this bunch of newcomers are either UCLA or Washington. UCLA would feature Iowa and the Bruins rotating between the Rose Bowl and Kinnick Stadium for iconic matchups.

An Iowa versus Washington rivalry may be more fitting on the field, though, as the two are fringe contenders that play in front of rabid fanbases that travel far and wide. This one could blossom into a fun rivalry.

Best of the rest

CBS Sports puts all of Iowa football's rivalries among Big Ten's best (6)

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No.1: Ohio State vs. Michigan

No. 2: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan’s Axe

No. 4: UCLA vs. USC for the Victory Bell

No. 5: Michigan vs. Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy

No. 6: Oregon vs. Washington

No. 8: Indiana vs. Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket

No. 10: Illinois vs. Purdue for the Purdue Cannon

No. 11: Michigan vs. Minnesota for the Litte Brown Jug

No. 12: Illinois vs. Northwestern for the Land of Lincoln Trophy

No. 13: Minnesota vs. Nebraska for the $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy

No. 14: Illinois vs. Ohio State for the Illibuck

No. 15: Indiana vs. Michigan State for the Old Brass Spittoon

No. 16: Michigan State vs. Penn State for the Land-Grant Trophy

No. 17: Michigan vs. Northwestern for the George Jewett Trophy

No. 18: Nebraska vs. Wisconsin for the Freedom Trophy

No. 19: Maryland vs. Rutgers

No. 20: Maryland vs. Penn State

No. 21: Minnesota vs. Penn State for the Governor’s Victory Bell

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CBS Sports puts all of Iowa football's rivalries among Big Ten's best (2024)


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