Expect to Roll on Saturday
On Monday, during Dan McCarney's weekly press conference, the coach was eager to point out all of the division one teams that have dropped home games to the little guys already this season. Of course Mac is going to point those stats out, that's his job. His job is to get his team ready for every opponent, no matter what class they are in. Here is the reality of the situation.
Northwestern got trounced by
Southern Illinois beat a traditionally awful Indiana squad.
There are a few others but look at the teams that I pointed out. They both have a brand new coach and are in a major rebuilding mode, and the other two programs are an annually much less than mediocre.
It's flat out inexcusable for UNI
to come in here on Saturday and give
Now I'm not saying that UNI is a
joke and that we should all start looking ahead to
"They've had a lot of celebrations in our end-zone down here. We know the importance of this game. We need to get a win and we need to look good doing it," McCarney said on Monday.
That's a solid point, but that is in the PAST. We all talk about how much the program has come since Mac got here, which it has. Where Mac has gotten this program to, is way above having problems with UNI.
In the end, this game is a golden
opportunity for the
Or, this is a perfect sandwich game that could give the Clones and their 111th ranked pass defense one heck of a game.
When you get right down to it, to
realistic Cyclone fans, this season is right on track.
UNI is on the horizon, and then, in arguably one of the biggest games in the history of this program, the rivals to the west will invade Jack Trice Stadium on an ABC night game. Are you excited yet?
I'll make a prediction right now.
If that happens, and the offense
really gets some confidence, watch out
One thing is for sure and that is if the 111th ranked pass defense doesn't get better fast, Clone fans could be in store for some long games against Nebraska (26th ranked passing offense), Oklahoma (32nd ranked pass offense) and oh yeah, a guy named Mike Leach and Texas Tech as well (3rd ranked pass offense).
Good News on the Horizon
There is a lot of good news
surround the next couple of weeks. The first bit is that traditionally, when
The other tidbit of good news has to do with the secondary and the possible return of red-shirt freshman James Smith. Nobody other than the coaches and the players knows how good he actually is, but he was listed as a starter before he went down.
In closing, there is a lot of
season left. There is a lot to play for and this team hasn't shown us one legit
reason why this year can't, be one of the best season's in