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2006 Iowa State Cyclones Football Preview

Welcome to Maddux's 2006 Iowa State Cyclones season preview. As usual we have taken the time to break down the team, while providing information about the university, and the 2006 Iowa State Cyclones Football Schedule. If you are betting on college football games use Maddux Sports' expert College football picks for the added insurance over the sportsbooks in 2006. In addition be sure to bookmark our free college football lines service for this NCAA season.

Coach: Dan McCarney (12th year at Iowa State)
Team Name: Cyclones
2005 Overall Record: 7-4
2005 Big 12 Conference Record 4-4
Returning Starters: 14

The Cyclones look good on offense with junior QB Brett Meyer (19 TDs, 10 INTs) sending passes again to the elusive Todd Blythe (51 REC, 9 TDs) and the dependable Austin Flynn (56 REC, 4 TDs). At tailback, Stevie Hicks, who played injured last season, is healthy and hopes to at least match his 2004 total of 1,062 yards. TEs Ben Barkema and Aaron Nickel, who last season totaled 38 receptions, are ready to go.

Much of the offensive line is also back. They are a seasoned group that needs to show improvement in protecting Meyer, who was sacked a conference leading 39 times in 2005.

If the good news is the offense, the bad news is the Cyclones “D,” which lost most of its middle and deep men. Cornerback DeAndre Jackson, who notched 5 interceptions, is wily and fast and the only returning starter in the secondary. Defensive tackle Brent Curvey (61 Tackles, 6.5 Sacks) will now lead a relatively inexperienced front line. Along with a loss of starters, the backups on defense are mainly freshmen.

Iowa State has a tough road schedule that includes Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Colorado. Games against Toledo, Kansas and Missouri can all go either way. In the end, this team could be 8 and 4 or 3 and 9. Their first game against Toledo should tell you a lot about this club.

Iowa State Cyclones 2006 Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Aug 31
Toledo
Home
Sep 9
UNLV
Home
Sep 16
Iowa
Road
Sep 23
Texas
Road
Sep 30
Northern Iowa
Home
Oct 7
Nebraska
Home
Oct 14
Oklahoma
Road
Oct 21
Texas Tech
Home
Oct 28
Kansas State
Road
Nov 4
Kansas
Home
Nov 11
Colorado
Road
Nov 18
Missouri
Home

 

For more data on the 2006 Iowa State football program, view the Cyclones team website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the Big 12 competition.

 

2006 Big 12 Football Previews

For the team previews on all of the Big Twelve football teams, find the team you are interested in and click the link below. For other universities not in the Big 12 visit the main 2006 NCAA football preview page.

Main Big 12 Conference Preview Page

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