Everyone's saying it. Austen Arnaud must have a big game for the Iowa State Cyclones to stand a chance against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Cyclone quarterback is in his senior year at Iowa State and his track record against the Hawkeyes is not good.
Ricky Stanzi is not the only quarterback in the state of Iowa prone to mistakes. In fact, mistakes are exactly what have hurt Arnaud in the past against the Hawkeyes. Arnaud threw two interceptions in his first game against the Hawkeyes in 2008, which the Cyclones lost 17-5. He was even worse last year, throwing four interceptions in a 35-3 loss at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.
It's safe to say "Beat Iowa" is on the Ames, Iowa product's list of things to do before graduation. But Arnaud will have to do better than he has in previous contests if he wants to cross that item off the list.
Arnaud knows even his performance in Iowa State's opening victory against the Northern Illinois Huskies won't cut it. Two interceptions would likely be two too many against the Hawkeyes.
A turnaround performance from Arnaud will be critical. But he isn't the only player on the ISU roster who needs to carry his load on Saturday in Iowa City if the Cyclones are to take back the Cy-Hawk trophy.