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Game Day

11/5/2014

Iowa State (2-6) vs. Kansas (2-6)

When: Saturday, Nov. 8

Where: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CDT

Hey. Iowa State. If you wanted me to make an ass of me, why didn’t you just release a copy of my transcripts instead of getting me all positive and thinking you could actually beat Oklahoma? I mean, what the hell was that? It was 7-0 before our asses hit the icy bleacher seats (which were well below the air temp of 37 degrees at kickoff, btw). Next thing we knew, it was halftime and the Sooners had racked up a 35-7 lead. Saya-freakin-nara baby, said about 25,000 fans at that point. And rightfully so. Well, it’s do or die this weekend against Kansas in the Battle of the Lowlies. Cyclone fans are looking at the Jayhawks and thinking, “There’s a win.” And Kansas fans are looking at Iowa State and thinking, “There’s a win.” Something’s gotta give. But it won’t be me this time. Sorry Cyclones. At two you’ll stay.

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Iowa (6-2) vs. Minnesota (6-2)

When: Saturday, Nov. 8

Where: TCF Stadium, Minneapolis

Kickoff: 11 a.m. CDT

On the opposite end of the spectrum were the Iowa Hawkeyes, a 48-7 winner over Northwestern. The Hawks put up 24 points in the first quarter and 14 more in the second for a 38-7 lead heading into the break. Mark Weisman had his best game of the season thus far for Iowa, rushing for 94 yards and three touchdowns. Iowa, now bowl eligible, will have its hands full this weekend against Big Ten contender (once again, this will not be a misprint) Minnesota. Both teams have identical marks of 3-1 in Big Ten West play, and a lot rides on this game. After this game, it’s Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin for the Gophers. For Iowa, it’s Illinois, Wisconsin and Nebraska. In other words, should they win this, the Hawks are contenders. A loss and Hawk Nation is screaming for Kirk’s head. Come to think of it, that’s after EVERY loss. Regardless, the pressure is on.

UNI (5-4) vs. North Dakota St. (9-0)

When: Saturday, Nov. 8

Where: UNI Dome

Kickoff: 4 p.m. CDT

David Johnson rushed for 129 yards and a pair of scores as the University of Northern Iowa knocked of previously-unbeaten Illinois State last Saturday, 42-28. The Panthers have won three of their last four, including two in a row at just the right time. Next up is Missouri Valley Conference-leading and undefeated North Dakota State (9-0). As a refresher, this is the same team that opened its season with a win over Iowa State. Granted, the Cyclones aren’t world-beaters this year, but still. OK, maybe not. It’s the Cyclones. But if we’re not going to give them much credit in that department, they do get major props for having played the team with perhaps the best name in college football: Incarnate Word. UNI will have a devil of a time this week but now knows it can play with the best of them and will have a respectable showing at least. And that’s Gospel.

Drake (5-4) vs. Dayton (6-2)

When: Saturday, Nov. 8

Where: Welcome Stadium, Dayton, Ohio

Kickoff: Noon CDT

Damnit. So close. San Diego’s Keith Williams threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Campano with 1:21 to play Saturday to lead the Toreros to a 17-14 win over Drake in the final home game of the regular season for the Bulldogs. Scores by Conley Wilkins and Andy Rice gave Drake an early 14-0 lead, but it wasn’t enough and the Bulldogs’ streak of 19-straight home conference game wins ended. San Diego moves to 7-1, Drake to 5-4. Things don’t get any easier this week for the Bulldogs as they travel to Dayton to take on the Flyers, winners of five of their last six. CV

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