Welcome all Cyclone fans to my weekly top five. What a game last Saturday! I know it isn't what we all expected or hoped for, but 3-2 sure sounds a heck of a lot better than 2-3, especially with Nebraska coming to town this Saturday night.
A lot of people thought this is
where ISU would be heading into the Nebraska game too. A lot of good came out of
the game Saturday against UNI, which SHOULD be expected. Unfortunately, there were a lot of
mistakes made on Jack Trice as well.
This week, all of our focus is going to be on the Huskers from Lincoln, Nebraska. So sit back, and absorb my top five
reasons that this is a pivotal game for the Cyclones' season.
- Front-Runner for Big XII
-Saturday's game marks another great game against two Big XII North
favorites. Nebraska comes to town
with a lot of confidence going into its game with ISU. Last week, both teams got dealt with a
hard-fought game. UNI came to
Ames and gave ISU more than a scare, and it took
Nebraska overtime to get a W against an average
team. I think that a lot of
Cyclones would have to say they are confident going into this game, after seeing
Nebraska's struggle against Kansas. The fact of the matter is that the
winner of Saturday's game will be hands down, an early favorite to take the Big
XII North Division crown. There is
no reason why ISU can't be in the driver seat. One thing lacking that comes to mind
with this team is CONSISTENCY. If
ISU has a chance in this game, it must, and I mean must, be a consistent
football team on Saturday night.
Could there be a greater situation?
Absolutely not! This game
could be a game that sets a mark as
to how ISU's season will lay out. A
loss to the Huskers puts ISU at 3-3, 0-2 in the conference, and a win builds
confidence, builds strength, and builds the fan-base back
- Emotional Game (Renewed
-Number two on my weekly top five
is that this will be an emotional game for players and coaches alike. In 2002, the rivalry against Nebraska was renewed at
Jack Trice. You hear chatter from a
lot of different people about who is going to bed the "Big Red" of the season
this year. I played in 2002, when
we were a huge underdog to Nebraska. ISU hadn't beaten them since the early
1990's. In the past, they have
dominated the series with ISU.
Well, in 2002, things changed.
I am proud to say I was a part of that team that made the change. I was starting right guard, and we took
it to them. Who gives a s*($% about
the "N" on their helmet! Sure,
tradition is great, but those players in the past cannot lead a team of the
present, and that is the approach I took in 2002. This is an emotional game, because the
rivalry against Nebraska is alive and well. I know for a fact that a lot of ISU fans
fans, and vice versa. This game
will be emotional for both squads, and those emotions could carry a team to a
victory or loss. Effort and focus
will get the job done. Not beating
yourself will help your chances.
ISU needs to make sure its emotions carry them on Saturday, and each
coach and player alike, needs to realize the magnitude of this game. It could be "that" pivotal game to the
season of 2006.
- A lot of eyes were opened after
one-point victory over UNI
-A lot of Cyclone fans' eyes were
opened last Saturday against UNI, and that didn't come without fans jawing. Words floated all over the air about the
Cyclone's team and its coaches.
Sure, we should have blasted a D-1 AA school. The result: we didn't. Sure we should have run the ball better
against 260-270 pound lineman with six defenders in the box. The result: we had to take an aerial
approach to get back in the game, and knot the score back up. Stevie Hicks averaged over four yards a
carry. Against a D-1 AA school…that
is unacceptable. The o-line should
just be mauling those guys off the ball.
There are some guys on UNI's squad that ISU didn't offer because they
didn't think they were good enough to play at ISU. When is comes down to cake and frosting,
a lot of fans' eyes were opened real wide Saturday. Fans started talking about ridiculous
comments about firing Coach Mac.
Well, all of you are entitled your opinion. Just like any fans, if Mac wins out the
rest of the year, those fans will be the same ones that say Mac needs a contract
extension. The game Saturday
against Nebraska is huge for the football
program. It is the BIGGEST game of
the year in terms of winning back its fans. ISU needs a ton of support, and the
players need to go out and perform to win back those fans that decided to hop
off the bus.
- One step closer to magical number
-Number four on the list is
"magical number 6." What the heck
is this supposed to mean? Magical
number six is our target to get to become bowl eligible. The sooner you get to six, the more
rewards you will have at the end of the season. Fast in getting to six wins = bigger and
better bowl opportunities = more revenue = more fan support = unforgettable
season! The game against Nebraska on Saturday
night will mark a pivotal time in the
season. You don't need to be a
rocket scientist to figure this one out.
A team just lost a game.
They now fall to 3-3 in the standings. Getting to six wins from 3-3 is a heck
of a lot harder than getting to six wins from 4-2. The sooner ISU gets to the magical
number 6, the more confidence their players will have inside themselves. Each win after six, the team is playing
for BIGGER and BETTER things. A
pivotal game versus Nebraska Saturday night? You better believe it!
- Making Jack Trice a True Home
-For those of you who played for
successful programs…wasn't it always fun to play at home in front of your own
crowd? Successful teams take
advantage of playing at home. Our
fan support thus far in the season has been tremendous. Keep that going Clone fans! Still, I think that we all could be loud
all the time when the defense has the ball. That would be such a big thing for the
players. Jack Trice should be and
NEEDS to be an advantage for the Cyclones.
Sure, if those three games they won would have been played on the road, I
don't know how they would have turned out.
Jack Trice needs to be a tough place to play. Opposing teams need to hate coming to
play the Cyclones in Ames.
The only way that happens is when you beat up on teams and the crowd
makes it tough on the opposing offense.
This means it has to be loud.
We do our part, the Clones do their part. The Cyclones need to use Jack Trice as
their home field advantage. They
need to make it tough for the opponents coming in to play them. Enough said! What a greater opportunity to make Jack
Trice a true home field advantage for the Cyclones this Saturday night! If Jack Trice is screaming loud and
rocking, I guarantee it will be a home field advantage for the
This wraps up my weekly top
five. I am curious, just like
everyone else, to see how we perform against Nebraska on Saturday night. I believe it is instrumental that ISU
wins this game in front of 50,000+ screaming fans. This will be a huge advantage for the
Clones and a huge confidence builder for all of us. After all, this game could be the
defining game that tells us how the season will shake out. Good luck on Saturday