The time has come Cyclone fans… The time to
burn put away your football gear and dive headfirst into another glorious season featuring the dreamiest coach in all the land: Fred Hoiberg.
Last week, Viterbo had the privilege of being the unofficial first victim of the 2014-15 Iowa State basketball team, falling by a score of 115-48 to the Cyclones. Not only did Iowa State fully dismantle the V-Hawks, they did it without three of their expected top contributors for this season in Abdel Nader, Matt Thomas and Jameel McKay.
As many readers already know, Nader and Thomas will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season due to troubles in the offseason. McKay will see his first action on December 20th against Drake in the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic.
But with last Friday’s exhibition game as proof, Iowa State should be able to roll with its current lineup without any issues. The Cyclones are loaded with both experience and fresh talent – something fans should get used to during the Fred Hoiberg era.
The Opponent: Oakland
Tip: Friday, 7 p.m. CST – Hilton Coliseum – Ames, Iowa
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network
The Raiders come into Hilton Coliseum for the first time in franchise history on Friday, in what has been a very disappointing season for the silver and black squad coached by Tony Sparano. At 0-9, the Raiders carry the worst record in the NFL and are the only team left without a victory this season.
So far this year, the Raiders are scoring just 16.2 points per game. To put that in context, Iowa State had 16 points in about five minutes in their exhibition game against Viterbo. If ISU does the same against the Raiders, Oakland may choose to quit at halftime, much like they did in their game against the Dolphins earlier this year.
Derek Carr is the rookie quarterback of the NFL’s worst team, but has shown signs of not sucking at times. Carr threw for four touchdowns and only one interception against the Chargers in week 6, in a game has proved to be the biggest moral victory of the season for Oakland thus far (ISU football fans can relate). The Raiders lost by only three points that game, prompting coach Sparano to pop bottles of champagne in the locker room.
Maybe if Oakland’s communications department had posted a video on YouTube of its head coach being so proud of his team, it would have given the fans something to rally behind. For, say… Five years or so?
This one should be no contest, especially if Hoiberg chooses to give his starters more run time than he did in the exhibition game.
I’ll stick to the averages:
Iowa State 115 - Oakland 16