Altoona Pa. challenges Altoona Iowa in Penn State matchup

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BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — As the Penn State vs Iowa game scheduled for Oct. 9 approaches, Altoona’s city council placed a friendly bet with another city: Altoona, Iowa.

Altoona, Pa. is well-known for being the home of the Mallo Cup while Altoona, Iowa is known for its steaks from a popular restaurant called Big Steer. Council members and officials agreed to the bet during a video conference at a council meeting.

If Penn State wins, Altoona Pa. will receive a box of steaks from Big Steer. If Iowa reigns supreme, they will receive a case of Mallo Cups.

More than half of the members on the council are Penn State alumni. Councilman Bruce Kelley said it’s all in good fun and a great way to prep for the game.

“I think it’s a great opportunity. There’s going to be a lot of national attention on that game in two weeks,” Kelley said. “We thought this would be something fun that both communities could do and get behind. The people of Iowa love their football just like the people of Pennsylvania love their football. Their proud Hawkeyes, and we’re proud Nittany Lions.”

The game is set for kickoff at 4 p.m. on Oct. 9. The teams currently are ranked fourth and fifth in AP rankings, respectively.

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