Cyclone Insider: “Absolute, Must-Win for ISU”

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AMES --- HERE'S WHAT I'M THINKING ABOUT AS THE CYCLONES GET READY TO OPEN THE SEASON.
PRETTY SIMPLE. IOWA STATE CANNOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE LOSE THIS GAME AGAINST UNI.
CANT, CANNOT, PERIOD.
IF THEY DO THE WALLS OF THE BRAND NEW SOUTH ENDZONE MIGHT COME TUMBLING DOWN. THE SKY WILL START FALLING IN AMES.
NOW LOOK, I GET THAT UPSETS HAPPEN, MANY BIG TIME PROGRAMS HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO THE FCS UPSET.
BUT NOT MANY TEAMS HAVE LOST 2 IN A ROW, LET ALONE 3.
THERE'S REALLY NO EXCUSE FOR A POWER 5 TEAM LOSING TO AN FCS TEAM. IOWA STATE HAS MORE HIGHLY TOUTED RECRUITS, AND 22 MORE SCHOLARSHIPS.
THIS LOSING STREAK HAS TO END ON SATURDAY.
I'VE SAID IT BEFORE, BUT I THINK THIS IS THE BIGGEST GAME IN PAUL RHOADS' CAREER, AND IT'S NOT CLOSE.
ITS NO COINCIDENCE THAT THE LAST 2 CYCLONE SEASONS HAVE BEEN THE WORST IN RECENT MEMORY, BOTH STARTED WITH A LOSS TO AN FCS OPPONENT.
A LOSS ON SATURDAY TO UNI WILL DERAIL ALL MOMENTUM GAINED WITH THE NEW ENDZONE. WIN, AND FANS START TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF LIGHT.
THE PANTHERS HAVE A SOLID TEAM, RANKED 10TH, BUT I THINK IOWA STATE WINS THIS GAME ON SATURDAY.
IF THEY DON'T, MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE SKY IF YOU LIVE IN AMES.