1)MUST BLOCK SUH-The Cyclone offense faces the best defensive player they will face all year long in All-American Ndamukong Suh who will likely be a top five pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle is the team leader in tackles with 36 stops and ranks as the team leader in sacks (3), tackles for loss (9), pass breakups (7), and quarterback hurries (9). The Cyclones have the top rushing attack in the Big 12 behind Alexander Robinson who has rushed for 737 yards and 6 touchdowns this season but if the offensive line can't control Suh it could be a long day for the Cyclone rushing attack.
2)KEEP SPREADING IT AROUND-The Iowa State offense under new offensive coordinator Tom Herman has started to look like what fans expected to see throughout the season. Defenses are having a tough time trying to stop everyone. Herman is doing a great job of mixing in the run with the pass and when they pass they are completely spreading it around. If we keep seeing Hamilton, Williams, Darks, Lenz, and Catlett all getting three or more catches there is a good chance that Iowa State leaves Lincoln with a victory on Saturday.
3)CAN ARNAUD GET THAT SIGNATURE WIN?-Austen has the been the starter for two years now and while he has played relatively solid in most games he does not have a signature win with this program. Stepping up and leading the Cyclones to a victory on Saturday would be enormous for both his confidence down the stretch and for the future of the program. If the Cyclones can somehow head into their final four games with a 5-3 record they would be able to realistically start looking at potential bowl games.