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No vacation for Chizik, Cyclones this weekend

9/18/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

After an ugly performance at Iowa last week, don't expect Iowa State coach Gene Chizik to opt for a little free time on the Strip in Las Vegas before the Cyclones' game Saturday at UNLV.

Chizik has chosen to remove his team far away from the glitter of Vegas, instead opting for a remote location where the Cyclones will prepare as they always do.

Just guessing, but it might be worth a little out-of-the-box thinking, considering that Chizik is 0-12 in road games during his career. But he said his way should keep his team away from diversions as they prepare for the Rebels, who stunned Arizona State in overtime last week.

"We're going out there with the mindset that we're going to remove ourselves from the distractions," Chizik said. "We want to isolate ourselves, make it as much as we can business as usual and not make it any different than if we were playing at home."

Iowa State currently has the third-longest road streak in college football, trailing only the 16-game losing streaks of Florida International and UAB.

The Cyclones have traditionally struggled away from home more than any other Big 12 team. Former Iowa State coach Dan McCarney started his tenure at the school with a 15-game losing streak that eventually went to 0-30-1 before the Cyclones stunned Iowa in 1998.

Despite those road struggles, about 10,000 Iowa State fans are expected to flock to Las Vegas with the Cyclones. And one hotel is trying to cash in on their arrival.

The Des Moines Register said the Hooters Casino is planning a $10 buffet before the game more in line with the traditional culinary values of the Midwest.

No carving stations, sushi bars or dessert stations for these Iowa State fans. Instead, the casino plans to offer all-you-can-eat troughs of pork tenderloins, loose-meat sandwiches and other Midwestern favorites, washed down by free beer.

As Racheal Ray would say, Yummo!