Important night for Iowa State football

Tonight is the night we’ll see if there’s something to this Iowa State squad.

Will the Cyclones (1-1) pounce on a depleted Kent State squad that wasn’t that good to begin with? Or will they continue to play terribly away from Jack Trice Stadium and extend college football’s longest road losing streak to a whopping 18 games?

Quarterback Austen Arnaud can’t throw four picks this week. Or even two.

The defense has to put some pressure on Golden Flashes true freshman quarterback Spencer Keith, who is making his first career start. He’ll be without the team’s top offensive player, tailback Eugene Jarvis, because of a season-ending injury.

ISU was a road favorite the last time it visited a Mid-American Conference venue, going into Toledo in 2007 as 3-point favorites.

A 35-24 lead with 5:25 to play turned into a 36-35 loss as the Cyclones choked the game away with horrific special teams plays.

Bottom line, there’s no reason Iowa State should not win this game. It’s been a while since anyone could say that about a Cyclone road contest, but it holds true today.

Beat Kent State, come home next week and beat Army and the Cyclones are 3-1 heading into Big 12 play.

Gotta take care of business tonight. I wouldn’t want to see these players faces and get their reactions if they don’t. This is a must-win for Coach Paul Rhoads’ rebuilding plan.

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