By Chris Hassel
For the first time since a 1977 win at Nebraska, the Cyclones have knocked off a top-15 team on the road. Iowa State punked short-handed TCU, 37-23, Saturday. The Horned Frogs (who were without their starting QB thanks to a drunk driving arrest) had the nations longest winning streak at 12 games. Jared Barnett knows a thing, or two, about snapping streaks. Last season, Barnett led ISU to a win over #2 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys had an 11-game winning streak snapped.
I’ve been calling for Rhoads to start Barnett since the season opener (I’m patting myself on the back one with one hand and typing with the other). There’s no question in my mind that ISU is a better football team with Barnett on the field, compared to Jantz. Five of Barnett’s six starts have come against top-20 teams. He’s 4-2. Jantz has five starts against Big 12 teams. He’s 0-5. Barnett may not be flashy, but the guy wins.
Cyclone fans; you better bring it next Saturday. Kansas State is coming to town with a 5-0 record. The Wildcats will be ranked in the top-5. Iowa State will have a chance to prove it belongs in the top half of the Big 12. If the Cyclones can win, they’ll be (at worst) tied for 2nd place in the Big 12. No, “it’s too cold” or “the farmers are too busy to come to the game because they’re in the field” excuses. There should be 55,000-plus at Jack Trice Stadium for the 11am kick.
It was a rough day for the Hawkeyes — and they didn’t even play. Micah Hyde was arrested and charged with public intox and interference with official acts, in Iowa City. According to the police report, Hyde was in a bad near closing time when he and several others began fighting with bar employees (not clear if it was a verbal or physical fight…I assume verbal). When the cops arrived, Hyde reportedly tried to run away from officers. No comment from head coach Kirk Ferentz. The Hawks need Hyde if they want to beat Michigan State, next week.