Cyclones look ahead to Army

After an emotional and physical win over then No. 8 ranked Iowa the ISU football team is getting just what it needed – an open week.

"I think it's great, I really do and even if I didn't I'd fake it but I think it is real good," said head coach Dan McCarney. "We go a month of football before we even start the season, that's a lot of physical practices. Then you go through two games and the emotions of Saturday's game for us. I think it's a real good time and we won't have any trouble refocusing this football team; I don't sense it at all."


When the Cyclones meet up with Army it will be their first road trip of the season and will be a chance for McCarney and the coaching staff to gauge some more things about their team.


"Now we go on the road and you really find out about the maturity of a team, you find out about the leadership of the team, the mental toughness," McCarney said. "There aren't going to be 54,000 screaming for us, there's going to be a few hundred, so we'll find out."


McCarney said the team will approach it as a regular road game, it's a business trip for the Cyclones. There will be no tours for the coaches or team; however the coaches wives' along with many fans will be able to do some sight-seeing.


This Saturday Baylor will travel to Army to take on the Black Knights and McCarney said he told his team to watch the atmosphere as much as the schemes during the game.


Tuesday the Cyclones lifted weights and did some conditioning. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be full practices. Saturday will be an off-day but the Cyclones will come out strong on Sunday with the Army game being on Friday night.

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