Paul Rhoads says Kansas isn’t just hungry for a win, they’re starving. He says Iowa State is, too. The Cyclones Football coach will lead his team into the one and nine Jayhawks’ home field Saturday looking to snap a two-game losing streak, part of stretch in which ISU has lost four of their last five.
Rhoads says both teams are better than their records show, especially Iowa State, which he points out has only lost to teams currently rank in the BCS top 25.
“That tells you the fact that, in my opinion, in all five of those games that we’re right there in the cusp of turning that corner and no different than Kansas looking for their next win we’re looking for ours in the same way,” said Rhoads. “But, we’re doing things the right way and are very close in getting to the upper level of the Big 12 where we aspire to be.”
Rhoads admits this week’s game is a must win for the Cyclones, just like every game.
“It’s the 11th must-win that we’ve gone into this year. I look at every game as a must-win,” said Rhoads. “We’ve prepared and we’ve worked and we’ve grinded it out and I don’t go into it and say well we can lose this game; it would be alright if we lose this one…. I want to win them all.”
The Cyclones will take their third crack at gaining bowl eligibility this weekend while the Jayhawks have been eliminated from post-season contention. Rhoads says that doesn’t mean there’s any more pressure on ISU.
“We’re preparing for another game against a quality opponent, it’s going to take great preparation and then carry over that into great execution on Saturday, that’s what leads to victories and that’s what we’ll be working to do,” said Rhoads.
Rhoads says injured defensive back Jansen Watson might play Saturday and is confident he’ll be back for the following week, but admits he’s given up trying to figure out when wide receiver Josh Lenz can return to action.
Iowa State and Kansas are set for a 6:00 kick off in Lawrence.
Iowa Radio Network