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In their Top 25 weekly picks, The Sporting News picked ISU over Nebraska...
No. 22 Nebraska (minus 7) at Iowa State
Cyclones have won two straight against Huskers in Ames ... IOWA STATE 30-27.
Anybody seen what the other top pubs are predicting?
(I'll answer my own question. Here's the CollegeFootball News preview:
Nebraska (4-1) at Iowa State (3-2)
8:00 PM EST ABC Saturday October 7th
Why to Watch: Call this an establishment game for Nebraska and an elimination game for Iowa State. The Huskers played like a possible Big 12 champion for three quarters last week against Kansas only to get bombed on late and be forced to win in overtime. After owning ISU for years, Nebraska has lost two straight in Ames and needs an impressive performance to generate a buzz again. The Cyclones are as shaky a 3-2 team as any in the country with a way-too-tight comeback 28-27 win over D-IAA Northern lowa last week, a three-overtime win over a bad Toledo team, and beating UNLV thanks to a controversial call on a last second pass in the end zone. Basically, the team is three plays away from being 0-5 , and things don't ease up with a trip to Oklahoma next week followed up by Texas Tech.
Why Nebraska Might Win Bombs away. Iowa State isn't generating any pass rush and the secondary is having major problems. It's not that the Cyclones have allowed a ton of yards, even though they have, it's that they're just not stopping anyone. Nebraska has the best passing game ISU will have faced so far by a long shot with Zac Taylor coming off a 395-yard, four-touchdown performance against Kansas.
Why Iowa State Might Win: Bombs away. The overall stats look nice because of Blutosky-like 0.0 yard passing day from Nicholls State and only 92 from Troy, but the Nebraska secondary can be lit up like a Christmas tree. If a mediocre talent like KU's Adam Barmann can fire at will for 405 yards and two touchdowns, then ISU's Bret Meyer should be able to do whatever he wants. USC's receiving corps was the best Nebraska will face all year. Iowa State's might be number two.
Who to Watch: Lost on the Nebraska win over Kansas, and all the talk about the Jayhawk passing game, was a big 145-yard rushing day on from KU's Jon Cornish. It's not secret that Iowa State's offense runs night-and-day better when RB Stevie Hicks is in the mix, but his production has dropped in each of the last four games bottoming out with a 30-yard day against Northern Iowa. Over the last three years, ISU is 7-1 when Hicks rushes for 100 yards or more and needs his balance to leave the suspect Husker corners in more one-on-one situations.
What Will Happen: Nebraska will get back on track. Iowa State isn't playing well enough to beat a Husker team that'll make the proper adjustments after last week and tighten up a bit.
CFN Prediction: Nebraska 31 ... Iowa State 20 ... Line: Nebraska -7
Must See Rating: (5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 Rachael Ray) ... 3
Last edited by Nedrick; 10-04-2006 at 10:24 PM.
Reason: added more content
Re: The Sporting News likes us, they really like us!
On sportsline, 3 guys picked ISU and 2 picked Nebraska.