Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — The 67th game between Iowa State and No. 19 Iowa is still highly anticipated even though it fell short of being the first with both teams ranked. Iowa State slipped to the first spot out of this week’s Top 25. The Cy-Hawk showdown is among seven Big 12 games this week against other Power Five teams. Iowa State is coming off an open date. The Cyclones have won seven home games in a row since the start of last season to match a school record.

UNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh and Penn State will meet for the 100th time in the Keystone State Clash. Pitt hasn’t won in Happy Valley since 1988. The Nittany Lions are going for their third win in a row in the rivalry. Iowa will be trying for its fifth straight win over Iowa State in the Cy-Hawk Series. Northern Illinois could pose problems for Nebraska. Purdue has questions at quarterback entering its home game against TCU.

DENVER (AP) — Antonio Senzatela pitched six strong innings for his first win in two months, Ian Desmond hit a go-ahead home run and the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1. It was the second straight 2-1 victory for the Rockies, who ensured their first series win over the Cardinals since taking two of three from St. Louis May 26-28, 2017.

CHICAGO (AP) — Jorge Soler hit a pair of two-run homers among his career high-matching four hits, leading the Kansas City Royals to an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Adalberto Mondesi homered and had three hits, and Bubba Starling and Ryan O’Hearn also connected as the Royals beat Chicago for the fifth time in six games.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s offense appears more comfortable in the Bulldogs’ second season under coach Joe Moorhead. The Bulldogs have scored 38 points in each of their first two games heading into their Saturday matchup with Kansas State. Mississippi State ranked 10th in the Southeastern Conference in points per game and yards per game last season.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sammy Watkins hauled in nine passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, pacing the Chiefs to a 40-26 rout of the Jaguars in last week’s opener. Now, the former No. 4 overall draft pick will be counted on to pick up the slack following the loss of fellow wide receiver Tyreek Hill to a collarbone injury. Watkins had predicted a breakout season after having a productive, healthy offseason.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This was supposed to be the year the Southeastern Conference showcased its wealth of experienced quarterbacks up and down the league. Plans have changed. Injuries already have wreaked havoc around the conference, forcing several teams to rely on newcomers. South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi State are all dealing with quarterback injuries.

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