One of the most popular traditions in college sports is back again this year. The Iowa Hawkeyes kicked off their football season with a bang when they went up against Indiana on Saturday, September 4th.

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College football is back after a very exciting first weekend. The Iowa Hawkeyes crushed Indiana in both teams' very first game of the year, with a 34-6 victory. Iowa State also came out on top against the University of Northern Iowa with a 6 point lead, closing in at 16-10.

Iowa Hawkeyes

The two big Iowa teams will be going toe-to-toe on September 11th in their highly anticipated matchup.

Something else that's been highly anticipated is the "Iowa Wave." Each home game the crowds at the University of Iowa turn and wave to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital and all of the people in it.

This all started at the 2017 season opener when 70,000 Hawkeye fans turned and waved to those residents and workers at the end of the first quarter. The wave quickly grew in popularity and became one of the best new traditions in college sports.

It became such a national phenomenon that Disney even decided to recognize the University of Iowa. Iowa accepted the Disney Spirit Award in 2017 for the iconic wave.

This year's season opener was extra special due to the strange nature of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch a clip of the most recent Iowa wave down below!

@cbssportsForever heart warming ❤️ #collegefootball#childrenshospital#iowa#iowahawkeyes#football#heartwarming#wholesome#fypシ#foryoupage♬ original sound - CBS Sports

Iowa Born Sports Stars

What do each of these stellar athletes have in common? They all hail from the Hawkeye State.