Rhoads’ clubs have rep for good TO margin

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The Iowa State football team is 3-0 for the first time since 2005.

Trying to explain that start is a bit tricky from a statistical standpoint, especially considering the club’s turnover woes.

Coaches lament turnovers. Experts generally say turnovers determine winners and losers.

After three games, the Cyclones have a minus-5 turnover margin, tied for 113th nationally. The other seven schools nationally with TO margins of minus-5 or worse – Army, SMU, Tulsa, Akron, UAB, Western Kentucky and Notre Dame – have registered a 5-15 record.

The top seven schools nationally in turnover margin this fall – Cincinnati, Rutgers, Utah, Texas Tech, San Diego State, Vanderbilt and Wyoming – have posted a record of 16-3.

Certainly, Coach Paul Rhoads will use the bye week to preach about cutting down on errors. His past two teams played clean football, ranking 30th and tied for 36th nationally in turnover margin.

Rhoads will likely be reminding his club that its success of the past two years was tied to protecting the ball on offense and creating errors on defense.

Meanwhile, the Cyclones rest at 3-0.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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