Iowa State football: Five games Cyclones must win to go bowling

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Nov 20, 2013; Toledo, OH, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) gets hit and pushed out of bounds by Toledo Rockets defensive back Cheatham Norrils (11) during the fourth quarter at Glass Bowl. The Huskies beat the Rockets 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Toledo Rockets

The worst part about this game is where it lies on the schedule. It’s sandwiched between road games against Oklahoma State and Texas. This is a clear trap game if Iowa State isn’t prepared how good Toledo is supposed to be this year.

Good news for them is that the Rockets will hit Ames after six straight games to open the season right before the bye week. It will be the toughest environment they will play in all season (no offense to Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium) and they could mentally check out if the season doesn’t go as planned.