ISU defense vs. QB Reggie McNeal
The defense did an outstanding job
against the running quarterback in Brad Smith. McNeal is a better passer than
Smith as the Cyclone defense hasn't fared too well against the short passing
style offenses. If they take A&M out of its rhythm and slow them down a
little, maybe McNeal will force the issue. He has thrown only five interceptions
all year with 12 TD's. McNeal is the leading rusher for the Aggies and as he
goes, so goes the Aggies. In the
I would hate to put much pressure
on a player coming back from an injury, but Stevie needs to have a huge game
coming back to take the heat off Meyer. His running over the
The Cyclones must connect on the deep ball as the Aggies are allowing 298 yards per game through the air. That's nearly 50 yards worse than last year's team. RJ showed he is becoming a play maker and Todd needs to come out of his sophomore slump to rise above and be that Big 12 star that he can be. This is a statement game from this program and the Aggies are still an opponent that a win over will turn some heads.
Appel is the leading defensive player from last year and was all-Big 12. The Cyclones need to keep him guessing on who's getting the ball so he will be out of position to make a play. He is a hard hitter and can force fumbles in the secondary, something that ISU does not need. Sumrall will need to make a huge special teams return if ISU will win for the first time ever over the Aggies.