Steve Deace, KXNO Radio in Des Moines & CN publisher:
After last week's lackluster opener, there's only way to go. However, the Cyclones are still too young and beat up to blow out the Bobcats. Look for a "comfortable" win, something like Iowa State 28, Ohio 13.
Ron Maly, retired award-winning sports writer:
Dan McCarney promised me that his team would get better, and I believe him. We'll see the start of it against Ohio. I don't care what kind of offense Ohio uses – the single-wing, west coast, east coast, Notre Dame box or wing-T– Iowa State's defense will stop it. The coaching handbook says a team makes its greatest improvement between its first and second games. So look for the Cyclones to win, 35-7.
Zubin Mehenti, TV-5 WOI in Des Moines:
I think the loss of Tyson Smith and lingering questions about the academic eligibility of Anthony Forrest outweigh the return of Hiawatha Rutland. I think that once again the Cyclones will have trouble scoring points but the team as a whole will be up for this game, especially after some members of the program admitted the intensity for Northern Iowa could have been stronger. Ohio University presents a unique type of offense, that almost nobody else runs, but the Bobcats are a familiar opponent to Iowa State so the novelty of a unique offense is neutralized in my opinion. Cyclones win, 24-13.
B.J. Schaben, KASI Radio in Ames:
Remember the old cliché "great progress is made from week one to week two." Iowa State fans desire this against Ohio. The Bobcats' running attack may give the Cyclones fits early, but it won't be enough to hold them down and ISU wins, 21-7.
John Walters, TV-5 WOI in Des Moines & Voice of the Cyclones
I think Iowa State will look much sharper this week. Ohio presents some problems with its triple option offense and 3-4 defense, but I think the Cyclones have better talent and they'll be focused. Also, Austin Flynn should just keep getting better each week: Iowa State 42, Ohio 14.