ISU vs. Nebraska — something’s gotta give

Iowa State’s confidence is growing.

Nebraska’s patience is growing thinner.

Something’s got to give Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., when the teams hook up for an 11:30 a.m. game.

The Cyclones (4-3, 1-2 Big12) are coming off their most decisive Big 12 Conference victory since 2005 with their 24-10 win over Baylor at Jack Trice Stadium.

The Cornhuskers (4-2, 1-1) were embarassed in a 31-10 home loss to Texas Tech.  They came into the weekend ranked 15th nationally. They were dropped like a bad habit by the pollsters Sunday. 

ISU coach Paul Rhoads is as upbeat about his team as he’s been all season.

Nebraska’s Bo Pelini sounds like he’s on edge. His quarterback play is questionable, his defenders were awarded the coveted Blackshirts and didn’t live up to their end of the bargain.

Both teams have injury concerns with their top tailbacks.

Alexander Robinson has — at worst — a sore groin that forced him to the sideline for almost the entire second half of the Baylor game.

NU’s Roy Helu, who came into the week as the league’s top ground gainer, is nursing a sore shoulder that’s been painful for weeks now.

Should be an interesting week leading up to the game. And as we’ve seen thus far through a couple of weeks, the Big 12’s North Division is completely wacky and unpredictable.

ISU hasn’t won in Lincoln in more than 30 years.

Who’s to say it can’t happen Saturday?

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