Zero percent chance to win Big 12? In my experience there is no such thing as Zero percent chance, maybe very small, but not zero.
Your life will improve greatly when you stop caring what ESPN and other media outlets with obvious conflicts of interest thinks about ISU athletics. ESPN loves it some SEC, some NFL, the La Lakers, the Heat, Tim Tebow and ACC basketball. Not everything else content-wise but a lot of it becomes secondary to them because they have to bow down to their bedfellows first, which leads to hack bloggers like Ubben or some other random guy who nobody has heard of producing regular everyday content.
Seriously, when your lead blogger for a conference has admittedly never attended a game in at least two of the home stadiums but regularly visits the others? Does that sound credible to you?
When 90% of a league goes to a bowl some decent teams are going to be picked at the bottom. I'd probably begrudgingly pick us ninth in football too this year.
Now in basketball picking us 8th last season was absolutely stupid in every conceivable way given that our incoming talent was more proven than the majority of teams ISU finished ahead of. Pretty pathetic that even some of our own fans were slurping up baseless opinions of why ISU would be 8th place...like an OU transfer who had less points and rebounds in the same conference as Clyburn was somehow a more high impact addition and that's how OU would leapfrog us. We're to the point where we should be picked in the top half in basketball until we have a bad season. In football we frankly still deserve to be only picked above KU even though we've been competitive. The league is just that deep.
I know everyone loves ESPN, especially Ubben, but he finished his week by week predictions today, ISU @ 4-8 (2-7) with wins over UNI, IA, TCU and KU. Aside from throwing us a bone with TCU, pretty much as expected.Predicting the 2013 season: Week 14 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Most important things I read in this thread:
1. Predictions are dumb.
2. Don't listen to ESPN