Not so much anymore after two games, both of them victories.
First-year starters Jansen Watson at cornerback and Durrell Givens at strong safety have joined returning regulars Jeremy Reeves and Jacques Washington to form an aggressive unit with a nose-for-the-ball mentality.
Neither of the first two opponents, Tulsa and Iowa, completed 50 percent of its passes against the Cyclones. Iowa State's defenders have intercepted four passes, including game-clinching picks each Saturday, and they're breaking up passes at a far greater rate than in past seasons.
The Cyclones have broken up 15 passes so far, after recording 48 breakups in 13 games last season and just 35 in 2010.