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

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Nov 16, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks offensive linesman Gavin Howard (70) pours water over Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis late in the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Memorial Stadium. Kansas won the game 31-19. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Jayhawks

Iowa State’s schedule favors a bowl game for this reason: There’s only five road games compared to seven home games. If they can win just one road game, they’ll have seven chances in the friendly confines of Jack Trice Stadium to win five times. If it doesn’t come against their rivals in Iowa City, it has to come in Kansas.

No offense to the Jayhawks, but they are the easiest team on the schedule (that includes NDSU and Toledo). There is nothing threatening about playing in Memorial Stadium, and even with the Cyclones’ horrible season last year they were able to thrive in Tulsa when the stadium was completely dead.