Kinnick Stadium during the Cy-Hawk Series football game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Credit: The Des Moines Register

This weekend, the eyes of the American political system will be on the college football game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones.

That’s because the annual Cy-Hawk rivalry game will be attended by a slew of Republican candidates for President of the United States, including former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and Vivek Ramaswamy.

It’s unlikely the foursome will interact with one another, but it should make for a very interesting scene at what was already expected to be an interesting football game.

When asked who he would be rooting for, DeSantis said that he’ll be hanging out with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who attended Iowa State, so he’s going to be respectful.

“I’m planning on linking up with (Reynolds), who’s … an Iowa State grad. So you’re not going to find me saying anything negative about Iowa State. Let’s just put it that way,” he told KCCI.

Trump also attended the game in 2015 when he was running for President last time. He ended up finishing in a surprising second place to Ted Cruz which would begin his rise to the Presidency.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is thrilled that so many major politicians will be on hand for the game.

“Great,” Ferentz said. “There will be about 60,000 other people, too. That’s great … I mean it’s, you know, election year in Iowa.”

The news that Trump, DeSantis, Hutchinson, and Ramaswamy will all attend the Iowa-ISU game garnered a lot of fun reactions from the college football world.

[Brett McMurphy]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to