Press Coverage: Week 7

Iowa State will reach the midway point of its schedule Saturday. Here's the latest on the injury front and with the Cyclones' schedule as Week 7 begins

Cyclones get positive health news

There is good news on the injury front for Iowa State as it begins preparation for Toledo on Saturday.

Both receiver Jarvis West and nickelback Drake Ferch are expected to be ready for action for the homecoming game this weekend after they exited Saturday’s 37-20 loss in Stillwater, Okla., early. West left early with a left foot injury while Ferch was taken off his feet by a block during a punt return. X-rays on his collar bone came back negative.

“No fractures, nothing serious that came out of that,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. “They both got banged up but were improved Sunday and improved today.”

The Cyclones could again be without left tackle Brock Dagel, who missed Saturday’s game. Dagel is dealing with a knee issue that Rhoads said hasn’t worsened in severity, but has continued to nag in terms of pain.

Redshirt freshman Jake Campos shifted from right tackle to the left side to fill Dagel’s void Saturday and topped Iowa State’s depth chart at the position Monday. Jacob Gannon has reassumed the starting duties at right tackle.

“Brock is right now day-to-day,” Rhoads said. “He could have played Saturday, he could play this Saturday. We’re trying to figure out what smart route to take with him for his immediate health and his long-term health as well as keeping the team in mind.”

Iowa State’s schedule as difficult as perceived

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads likes how his team’s schedule has been set up in terms of bye weeks, but he’s quick to point out one thing — he wish it weren't so difficult.

As Iowa State enters the seventh week of the season, it does so with the nation’s second-toughest schedule according to the Jeff Sagarin Ratings. The Cyclones’ opponents have lost three games in all — once to Iowa State (Iowa), once to No. 1 Florida State (Oklahoma State) and once to No. 2 Auburn (Kansas State).

“We’ve improved every week and our level of competition is the highest in college football,” Rhoads said. "We have the toughest schedule [and] our opponents have the highest win percentage of all FBS schools this year. We’ve played good people and we’ve hung in there. We’ve got to continue that fight, but we’ve got to work before we can play and that’s got to be our focus this week.”

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