Bragging rights

CyHawk Series trophy

Photo by Christopher Gannon.

The Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series -- an annual showdown between intrastate rivals Iowa State and Iowa -- opens this week with the only two matchups that will be played in Ames this year. On Friday, Sept. 9, the Iowa State volleyball and soccer teams play host to Iowa at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.

Points are awarded to the winners in 12 head-to-head sports -- two points each, but three points for football. Each school also can earn one academic point if the cumulative student-athlete grade point exceeds the overall student GPA at the institution. The series ended in a tie for the first time last year, allowing the Cyclones to keep the trophy (pictured) ISU won the previous two seasons.