The Ottumwa Courier

AP Sports

August 30, 2013

Cyclones fired up but wary of Northern Iowa

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The local excitement for Iowa State appears to be peaking, even if national expectations are modest at best.

The Cyclones could see much of that hometown buzz dissipate with a poor showing against Northern Iowa.

Iowa State will open its fifth season under fan favorite Paul Rhoads on Saturday at a sold-out Jack Trice Stadium. The matchup against the FCS Panthers is expected to be the first of four consecutive packed houses for the Cyclones — even though they're picked to finish ninth in the Big 12 yet again.

Rhoads knows the rest of the country won't start buying into his program the way the folks in Ames have until they crack the three-win plateau in conference play.

"That starts and probably ends with more victories in the league. I think we're recognized by most as a team that plays smart, a team that probably overachieves. But you've got to go beyond overachieving. You've got to start increasing your level of play, your talent base and so forth and win more games than you're losing in league play," Rhoads said. "When that happens, I think the vision of our program will change from a nation standpoint."

The Cyclones and their fans also know better than to overlook Northern Iowa. The Panthers beat Iowa State in 2007 and nearly did it again in 2011.

With that in mind, here are five things to watch out for as the Cyclones and Panthers renew acquaintances:

------

SAM THE MAN: Iowa State's Sam Richardson will get his third career start — and his first after a full offseason working as the No. 1 quarterback. Richardson threw eight TDs against just one interception in 2012 and also ran for nearly six yards a carry. The coaching staff and his teammates are high on Richardson's potential after a promising end to 2012. "The biggest area of improvement is in his leadership," Rhoads said.

Text Only
AP Sports
  • Big 12 commish's dire warning about pending change DALLAS (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now. "You're going to hate it going forward," Bowlsby said. "There's a lot of change coming." During his opening a

    July 22, 2014

  • English FA wants Garcia corruption file published LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association wants FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia's ongoing confidential report into alleged World Cup bidding corruption to be published. "We as the FA will ask for it," English FA chairman Greg Dyke told a British

    July 22, 2014

  • Baseball Capsules TORONTO (AP) — David Ortiz hit the 452nd and 453rd home runs of his career, moving past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list, and the Red Sox won their fifth straight game Monday night, routing the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1

    July 22, 2014

  • APTOPIX Dodgers Cardinals Baseball [Duplicate] Cardinals miss out on sweep, lose 4-3 to Dodgers ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals missed a chance at a three-game sweep over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The consolation prize was refusing to let Clayton Kershaw beat them at home. "I think we hung in there against one of the best pitchers in th

    July 21, 2014 8 Photos

  • Cubs Diamondbacks Baseball-9 [Duplicate] Collmenter helps give Arizona 3-game sweep PHOENIX (AP) — Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made a remarkable catch, tumbling into the photo well to snag a foul ball. And it might have cost the Cubs the game. Josh Collmenter threw seven sharp innings, David Peralta drove in a pair of r

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • Johnson leads United past Chivas USA 3-1 WASHINGTON (AP) — Eddie Johnson opened the scoring with a penalty in the 25th minute as D.C. United earned a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA in Major League Soccer on Sunday. Johnson headed down a free kick in the 59th minute to set up Perry Kitchen for

    July 21, 2014

  • Baseball Capsules NEW YORK (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury got four hits and scored the winning run in the ninth inning on Brian McCann's pop-fly single that dropped near three Cincinnati Reds in shallow right field, giving the New York Yankees a 3-2 victory Sunday. Ellsbury a

    July 21, 2014

  • SD woman recognized for role in baseball history YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A woman recognized as baseball's first female professional umpire has been inducted into the Yankton College Alumni Hall of Fame. Amanda Clement was only 16 when she was paid to umpire a semipro game in Hawarden, Iowa, in 1904 wh

    July 21, 2014

  • Clippers' future on line as probate trial resumes LOS ANGELES (AP) — The future of the Los Angeles Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a St

    July 21, 2014

  • Penn State-Abuse [Duplicate] Jerry Sandusky's son talks of his bedtime 'ritual' HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says the former Penn State assistant football coach had a bedtime "ritual" at the family's central Pennsylvania home. The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday released a clip of Wi

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National