OSU owns the all time series, 27-18-3.
The first meeting was in Ames in 1926, a 13-0 win for the Cowboys. The teams didn't meet again until 1960, and the Cyclones would lose only once in the next 7 meetings, winning 4 consecutive from 1960-63.
The two teams would play every year after that until 1998, when North-South division scheduling for the Big 12 would cause a break in the series. OSU would end up winning 21 of those 38 games, along with 14 losses and 3 ties.
Of Iowa State's 18 wins, only 6 have come in Stillwater, with the last road triumph coming in 2000. Since then, Ames has produced 2 victories, one in 2005.
Don't recall when the other one happened...
OSU is a bit more evenly distributed, with 15 of their 27 wins coming at home. That would make the series home records:
In Stillwater...OSU leads 15-6-2
In Ames...it's all knotted up at 12-12-1
Both teams have recorded four consecutive wins, although OSU has done it twice. Since 1988, however, the Cowboys have never won more than 2 in a row, so today's game could be a bit of a landmark victory.
OSU's largest margin of victory was 59-17 in 2008. Iowa State won 54-0 in 1971.
Thanks to Winsipedia for all the stats. Check it out for some other comparison info, such as OSU has produced twenty 1st round NFL draft picks. Iowa State has produced one.
Will be interesting to see if Yurcich lets Garman unveil more of the offense, and whether or not the passing game can open up some running lanes. Based on the coach's reputation and general demeanor, Iowa State should be a "tougher" game than Tech, but the Cowboys should take care of business, and do so fairly easily. As per their previous starts, expect things to be a little tight for the first quarter.
As for the rest of the Big 12, we have a full slate of activity, and plenty of intrigue (all times Eastern):
Baylor at Texas, 3:30pm on ABC...I think this is the week we see whether or not Charlie is getting this thing turned around. Not that UT will beat Baylor, but I would expect to see some fight at the least, push the Bears, knock them around.
Oklahoma at TCU, 3:30pm on Fox...Easily the marquee game of the day for the conference. There's a part of me that is rooting for the upset, but also part of me that says "BACK OFF FROGS! If anyone is gonna kill OU's title hopes, it's OSU."
Kansas at West Virginia, 4pm...Looks like this is one of those games where you have to find the illegal online stream and keep closing the free porn pop up windows and hope your PC doesn't get a virus. Not to worry, this shouldn't be watchable anyway.
Texas Tech at Kansas State, 7pm on ESPNU/WatchESPN...Tough two game stretch for Tech. This is where we find out if the Wildcats are "barely beat Iowa State" good, or "should've beat Auburn good."
College football is trying to make up in general for the last two horrible weekends, so there are some pretty good match ups today.
Enjoy, and join us in the comments!