Earlier this week, McCarney told his players this season would be his last, then made the announcement public. Wildly popular in Ames in recent years, McCarney built the Cyclone program up from the basement of the Big 12 into a team that went bowling five of the past six years. But things turned sour at Iowa State this season, and on the heels of six consecutive conference losses, McCarney has resigned, effective the end of the season.
Sometimes such a move provides a rallying point for a bad team and they rise to the occasion. Sometimes, it just makes things worse.
2) Which team finds some confidence?
Both the Buffs and Cyclones are teams playing without confidence. On Saturday, one team is bound to make a play or two, spark some momentum and roll with it. Which team will it be?
3) Can Colorado find success in the passing game vs. the Iowa State pass defense?
Colorado's passing game ranks 117th out of 119 Division I-A teams heading into Saturday's matchup. (Pretty amazing considering the reputations the CU offensive coaching staff brought with them into this season). At the same time, Iowa State's pass defense ranks 101st.
4)Can the Buffs contain ISU punt returner Ryan Baum?
Baum leads the conference in punt return average with 16 yards a pop. CU's punt coverage has been mediocre at best, giving up nearly 10 yards a return.
5) What will Mason Crosby do in his final turn at Folsom Field?
This is the final home game for 23 seniors on the Colorado roster. The team plans an introduction ceremony prior to kickoff on Saturday (so get there early!). One of those seniors is the best place-kicker in CU history.
Earlier this season Crosby passed Eric Bieniemy and stands atop the Colorado all-time scoring list with 291 points. Dan Hawkins said earlier this year he'd like to give Crosby a chance at the NCAA record field goal distance record (68 yards). That opportunity hasn't happened yet. Maybe it'll present itself Saturday.