The Iowa State Cyclones enter the meat of their schedule beginning this Saturday with a visit to 24th-ranked Texas A-&-M. The Cyclones are 5-1 but still are gathering just a smatter of support in the national polls. Coach Dan McCarney says the Cyclones have a chance to earn respect in their final five games of the season. McCarney says they face three Big 12 programs that have a national reputation, a good Kansas team, and then Iowa.
McCarney says A-and-M always has outstanding teams and this one is no different. He says they’re 68-7-1 at home.
Despite a 5-1 record, McCarney says his team is not satisfied and remains motivated.
Iowa defensive back Bob Sanders has been named the Big Ten Conference defensive player of the week. Sanders had 23-tackles in the Hawkeyes 42-28 victory over Indiana. Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz says Sanders’ effort is his most important trait as he never gives up on a play.
Iowa hosts eighth-ranked Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines have sole possession of the Big Ten lead with a 3-0 mark. Ferentz says they’re a veteran team. and it will take a complete effort to get the job done.