Cyclones could lead the Big 12 again

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During the Packers’ Sunday night dismantling of the Eagles, the TV announcers said Green Bay had largely avoided the injury bug this season. Fourteen Packers have started every game and three others missed just one each.

That goes a long way in explaining Green Bay’s six wins in the last seven games and outscoring the opposition by 172 points during that timeframe.

That also got me thinking.

Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson wrote the following about the Cyclones on a recent live chat: “I’ve said many times that Iowa State’s top 22 players can play with most everyone in the Big 12. Once injuries start happening, then that’s no longer the situation. The Cyclones need more Big 12-caliber depth.”

Fair point. ISU has suffered 10 season-ending injuries to players who have been listed in the two-deep. Five freshmen have started at least one game in ’14. This wasn’t the blueprint the Cyclones had in mind when they broke camp.

With three games remaining, Paul Rhoads’ team could lead the Big 12 in a category for the second year in a row… fewest players to start every game.

The Cyclones have a bit of ground to make up, but they are in the mix.

Texas Tech – this week’s opponent – has seven players who have started each week in 2014. The Cyclones have just eight.

A year ago, Iowa State had six players start every week. That was the fewest in the Big 12.

Peterson’s point is that ISU needs more Big 12-caliber depth. And, for the second year in a row that has been especially true. Rhoads isn’t using it an excuse, and that’s commendable. But, it is reality.

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