Iowa State has already bested the 2003 season. Last week’s win at Baylor was the Cyclones third overall, one better than last year and was their first in Big-12 play since 2002. I-S-U hosts Kansas this weekend and coach Dan McCarney says just how good of a season this will be is yet to be determined. McCarney says the last few weeks of the season are the best measure of the improvement of a football team, as he says most teams are injured and a little worn out this time of year. He says you have to see who’s staying hungry and who wants it the most, as he says there’s still a lot to play for for his team.Both the Cyclones and the Jayhawks are 1-3 in the Big-12 but the winner will remain in the hunt for the North division crown. Missouri and Nebraska are tied for first and they play each other, so McCarney says second place will be up for grabs. McCarney says the Cyclone offense needs to find a way to run the ball against the Kansas defense, as the defensive line of the Jayhawks is really playing outstading and are third in the league against the rush. Kansas coach Mark Mangino says this will be a tough game for his team, as he says the defense is playing well and the Cyclone offense is also starting to come together.Mangino says the next game is the most important game and if they take care of business, everything will take care of itself. Mangino says he is not sure what it will take to win the division, as he says he’s not looking at that as much as he is the challenge of trying to beat Iowa State.
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