Each and every week during the college football season, CN's founder Steve Deace will be breaking down his top 25 and delivering his thoughts on Iowa State as well. Check out what Deace had to say about week two of the college football season right here at CN.
the season's first big win and thus has earned the penthouse suite. The Buckeyes won't be tested for two
more weeks when they visit Iowa
dynamic duo of Pat White and Steve Slaton just continue to pick right up where
they left off in the Sugar Bowl.
Notre Dame (2-0)…I
State was one of the most
overrated teams heading into the season, but that was still a very impressive
dismantling of the Nittany Lions.
Trojans have had two weeks to prepare for their home-opener against the Children
of the Corn.
only week three, but already the Tigers could be playing for the SEC West
Division title come Saturday.
watching the Bayou Bengals' first two games I'm convinced their one of the
fastest teams in the country, but they have a tough road schedule beginning with
this week's visit to Auburn.
freeze-option, zone read offense just isn't the same without the threat of Vince Young to run in the backfield.
Florida State (2-0)…Don't
get overly worked up by the sloppy effort against Troy, that was the classic sandwich game between an
emotional win over Miami and showdown this week against Clemson.
Tennessee (2-0)…How in
the world does the Volunteer defense go from shutting down the balanced Cal
offense to getting run over by Air Force's all-ground attack?
pasting a couple of patsies at home, we'll learn more about the Gators when they
put on the white jerseys for the first time this week against Tennessee.
Cardinals didn't need the injured Michael Bush against hapless Temple, but they
definitely could use him this weekend when a Hurricane sweeps through town.
pasting a couple of patsies at home, we'll learn more about the Wolverines when
they put on the white jerseys for the first time this week against the Irish.
Ducks survived their first road test and now get to put themselves on the BCS
map by avoiding a third loss in two years to the Sooners.
injuries, not suspensions, not youth, nor a quarterback shuffle stops Mark Richt's squad from competing each year in the SEC.
is a program in need of a statement win, and it can earn win at Louisville this
year the Sooners went out west and were hammered by UCLA. Will history repeat itself this week at
Iowa (2-0)…A win
is a win, but an abdominal injury can dog a quarterback like Drew Tate all
season the way a hamstring injury can dog a running back.
Virginia Tech (2-0)…Still
not sure how good the Hokies are, and it's doubtful we'll learning anything this
week considering the opponent is Duke.
Texas Tech (2-0)…The
Red Raiders escaped El Paso, barely, and face an
even tougher game this week in Ft. Worth.
injury concerns on defense could be the Big Red's undoing in their looming
battle with USC.
Arizona State (2-0)…The
Sun Devils should show up at Colorado this week and blast the
Buffaloes. If they don't it's a
sign that yet again they're going to underachieve despite all that talent.
bounce back win for the Bears, who should name the score the score again this
week against Portland State.
again the Horned Frogs have a chance to run the table, but they must first get
past a crucial home game against Texas Tech.
a nice overtime triumph over Clemson, the Eagles could be 5-0 heading into a
nationally televised clash against Virginia Tech. But they shouldn't sleep on BYU this
some love to the Scarlet Knights, who will be favored to win their next four
Pittsburgh (2-0), #27 Georgia Tech (1-1), #28 Texas A&M (2-0), #29 UCLA
(2-0), #30 Clemson (1-1).
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
wasn't always pretty, but the Iowa State defense again got the stop it needed
it preserve a victory. Actually,
given the tension they've had to play through already this season, I would
imagine this young group is growing up much faster than they otherwise
would. It was also nice to see
Stevie Hicks have his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. And the Cyclones are 2-0 and let's not
lose sight of that. Penn State isn't 2-0. South Carolina isn't 2-0. Texas isn't 2-0. Are those teams better than the
Cyclones? Probably. But I'll take an ugly 2-0 over any kind
of 1-1 any day of the week. And
considering the strength of the Cyclones' schedule, we should take wins whenever
we can get them. Besides, we all
know that regardless of how listless things looked against the Running Rebels
that ISU will bring it this week against Iowa.
passion just wasn't there, and in many cases on offense neither was the
execution. To only throw the ball
to Todd Blythe – who was held without a catch – twice isn't the fault of the
game plan this time. It's the fault
of an offense that never got on track and simply didn't come mentally prepared
to play. That will happen over the
course of the long season, which is why you need a defense to fall back on. Luckily, the ISU defense was able to do
just enough to preserve the ugly victory.
This was simply a sandwich game, much like Florida State's blasé win over Troy and Tennessee's nondescript victory over Air
Force. I don't think fans should
overreact to it. To be honest, this
kind of game will be quite the teaching tool for the coaching staff this week in
biggest problem for the Cyclones continues to be their kickoff coverage, and
they just cannot simply afford to give Iowa the ball consistently at the 35-yard line
or better this weekend. If they do,
you can forget about a seventh win over the Hawkeyes in nine years, because the
ISU defense won't be able to withstand that kind of field position whether Drew
Tate plays or not.
Deace founded Cyclone Nation in 2002.
He can be heard on the radio each weekday from 4-7 p.m. on 1040-WHO, and
seen each week on television on Mediacom's "Cy-Hawk Talk: State of the