I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.
If Iowa State is to turn around its season, it has to start now. Not only for the obvious reason that two more losses take the Cyclone out of bowl consideration, but because the schedule ahead may be “easier” (but by no means “easy”) than the first half of the season. The remaining teams ISU has to play all have shown some major flaws at time, not least of which is at the quarterback position. Every squad left on the Cyclones’ schedule has used at least two signal-callers for significant portions of games. That includes this week’s opponent, Oklahoma State. (The guess here is that J.W. Walsh will start, by the way.) Kansas State looks like a shadow of the Wildcats from last season. TCU has little on offense, though a pretty tremendous defense. Oklahoma is the best of the bunch left, but Blake Bell has been shaky throwing the football and the Sooners fell behind Kansas 13-0 for crying out loud. Kansas is Kansas. West Virginia is turning into a big ol’ mess that could cost Dana Holgorson his job before the season ends. So the opportunities are there. The question is whether the Cyclones can take advantage. We found out starting Saturday.