CollegeFootballnews.com Colorado game preview
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Iowa State (3-7) at Colorado (1-9)
3 PM EST Saturday November 11th
Why to Watch: Three months ago, many thought this might be one of the key battles in the Big 12 race. As it turns out, it is; it's just that it's critical in the race to be the Big 12's worst team. Colorado is 1-9 after dropping a 34-21 home clunker to Kansas State, and with a road trip to Nebraska to close out the year, this likely represents the last shot at a win. Iowa State has gone from bad to awful in a five-game losing streak thanks to a slew of offensive injuries and not nearly enough from the defense to overcome the problems. A loss here would create more and more grumbling about Dan McCarney's job status.
Why Iowa State Might Win: If ISU QB Bret Meyer was ever going to get on track, this would be the week. Of course, that was said last week against the abysmal Kansas secondary and he only threw for 180 yards, but while the Jayhawks usually give up yards in chunks, the Buffaloes are getting nitpicked to death. Kansas State freshman QB Josh Freeman looked like Peyton Manning last week completing 22 of 25 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns after throwing one scoring pass all season long. Meyer should be able to throw well if ...
Why Colorado Might Win: ...he has anyone to throw to. WR Jon Davis and RBs Stevie Hicks and Jason Scales are out, and top game-breaking receiver Todd Blythe is iffy, at best, with a virus that knocked him out the last two weeks. You could suit up and complete 21 of 28 passes against the horrific Cyclone pass defense. That's not to say Colorado's Bernard Jackson could do the same, but one of the nation's least efficient passers should have his easiest game yet.
Who to Watch: Lost in Iowa State's disaster of a year has been the play of LB Alvin Bowen, the nation's leading tackler. While he looks more like a big safety than a hard-hitting linebacker, his speed allows him to get in on every stop. He made 18 tackles against Kansas, nine (all solo) against Kansas, and has made double-digit stop in seven games this season. It'll be his job to keep Jackson's running under wraps.
What Will Happen: Neither team can stop the pass, and neither team can throw. Colorado's running game will be the difference.
CFN Prediction: Colorado 23 ... Iowa State 13 .. Line: Colorado -8
Must See Rating: (5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause) ... 2