The PSU, Michigan, Iowa series midway through the non-conference schedule will be tough, but can anything prepare this team for January?

January has 5 away games and only 3 home games. Of the home games, 2 are against the top 2 teams in the conference. Of the away games, 4 if not all 5 are at some of the hardest places for ISU to play. And ISU plays the defending national champion twice!

The record for January could be terrible, and ISU could still come out as a top team in the conference by the end of the season, if it can survive the month physically, mentally, and emotionally.