Iowa State coach Dan McCarney says the Cyclones don’t mind the role of underdog as they get ready for Saturday’s 52nd meeting with Iowa. The Hawkeyes are a nearly four touchdown favorite to win their second straight game in the series.Cyclone coach Dan McCarney says despite what the oddsmakers say, they think they have a chance to go over and have a great ballgame. McCarney says they probably look like a four-touchdown underdog on paper, but he says games aren’t played on paper. He says both teams will be ready to play. He says he doesn’t buy the idea that the Cyclones put more emphasis on the game. McCarney says his team sees the game as a big challenge, and says his team will show up, fight and compete.Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz does not believe the Hawks should be a heavy favorite. He says ISU has a 5-1 record in the game in the last six years and he says they controlled the football a lot last year, even though they lost the game.Ferentz says the Cyclone defense looked good in their win over UNI. He says the return of Tyson Smith was important for the Cyclones, and they have a lot of guys with experience.Marcus Schnoor is out with a knee injury and Jermelle Lewis returns from suspension and will work with Albert Young at running back. Ferentz says both will play, although he says they aren’t naming a starter yet.
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