No. 23 Iowa State Hosts Louisiana Saturday

Ames, Iowa — A season of uncertainty and high expectations begins Saturday for Iowa State as the Cyclones host Louisiana in their only non conference game of the season.

The Cyclone defense will be challenged by a Louisiana offense that averaged nearly 38 points per game last season. Ragin’ Cajun quarterback Levi Lewis passed for more than three thousand yards and 26 touchdowns a year ago.

That’s ISU coach Matt Campbell, who says Lewis has the mobility and the arm strength of the quarterbacks they face in the Big-12.

Lewis is complimented by a ground game that averaged just over 257 yards per game last season.

Campbell says an Iowa State offense with some new starters in the line and receiving corps faces a tough challenge.

Louisiana coach Bill Napier does not think the lack of a crowd in Jack Trice Stadium will have much of an impact.

Napier says the Cyclones offer a big enough challenge even without a crowd.

Kickoff in Jack Trice Stadium is 11:00AM. The game will be carried by ESPN.