Larry Cotlar, KXNO Radio in Des Moines
Each week, all of us wait for the Cyclones to snap out of their funk and each week, things seem to get worse. This Saturday, Iowa State faces a team with which it matches up better than in the previous eight-the Kansas Jayhawks. However, there are some significant differences. First, K-U has an offense and second, the Jayhawks are playing to become bowl-eligible and play in the postseason for the first time since 1995.
Meanwhile, Iowa State is playing for nothing more than to salvage some semblance of pride. But there's just too much working against ISU, including the return of K-U QB Bill Whittemore, who was playing well when he went out out with a right collarbone injury during the October 25th game with Kansas State. Sorry, but again the Cyclones fall short, although they may finally be able to put some points on the scoreboard.Kansas 41, Iowa State 20
Steve Deace, KXNO Radio in Des Moines & CN publisher:
The Cyclones look to me like a team eager to move on to 2004. The Jayhawks, on the other hand, get back their solid senior quarterback and are perhaps playing for a berth in the illustrious Fort Worth Bowl sponsored by Ewing Oil. If that's not motivation, I don't know what is. Here's one piece of good news: Iowa State could get a lead this week! Enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving and be glad the revolution will not be televised. Kansas 24, Iowa State 13.
Ron Maly, retired award-winning sports writer:
This is the year any team that wants to start getting even with Iowa State will do it. The Cyclones are in the tank, and the end of the season can't come soon enough. Kansas -- you've got to be kidding, KANSAS! -- is one victory away from being bowl-eligible, and it's not going to blow it when Iowa State comes to town. The Jayhawks have far too many weapons for Iowa State to handle and will sweep to their sixth victory, 45-25.
Zuben Mehenti, WOI TV-5 in Des Moines
I am an optimistic guy when it comes to The Cyclones, though this season has forced me to be more realistic. With what they have done thus far, or a lack thereof, there is little evidence they will defeat Kansas. Two main factors. One, Kansas is thinking about a bowl, they have motivation. Iowa State had motivation and incentive to beat Iowa, Northern Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Colorado. You get the point. Kansas can't wait to play, something tells me The Cyclones can't wait to pack it in this season.
Secondly, it's on the road. Bad news for Iowa State. Teams like them don't win in hostile environments, many just lay down, though I don't see ISU doing that. Lawrence, Kansas has not been exactly the most meanacing trip on the Big 12 schedule though with is on the line Saturday, it could qualify. Kansas 31, Iowa State 13.