It's a rebuilding year, and we've been unlucky in injuries and had a win stolen. Preseason expectations for me were 4-6 wins. After the UNI game, I realized it was going to be a long ugly season. I still think we beat KU and maybe WV.
Next year I expect we'll be back in the 6 win, minor bowl club.
When the program is rebuilding from losing seasons.....you know it is in the crapper.
The crybaby's on this board are reaching epic proportions. If anyone says they didn't expect a down year this year they are either a complete homer with no actual knowledge of college football or lying. Yes, we all thought we'd beat UNI and most, myself included, thought we could get potentially 4-5 wins but you can't just turn a blind eye to our injuries and pretend they don't matter. They do matter, injuries effect all teams. Some years injuries don't effect a team much at all and others years they do. Unfortunetly for us this year they are really effecting us in a big way.
To me the OP is the worst kind of fan. A guy that turns his back on a program after 1/2 of a bad season...after several before that very much should have exceeded expectations. Did you really think CPR would win 7 games his first year? Or go to 3 bowls in his first 4 years the day he took the job? My best guess would be that if someone told you that the day CPR took the job you would have **** yourself with excitement. I know I would have after the Chizik years. So yes, I'm still pretty goddamn content with Paul Rhoads.
And if you still can't see that the talent level of the underclassman is improving then you also don't know much about football.
The crybaby's on this board are reaching epic proportions. If anyone says they didn't expect a down year this year they are either a complete homer with no actual knowledge of college football or lying.
To use your words, then CPR was "lying" to us at the Gridiron Club preseason scrimmage...
I respectfullly disagree with your rant, cytheguy.
People would scream bloody murder if anyone dared to admit that their team wasn't going to be good in any given year.
So what? Not everyone can win all the time, or even some of the time.
At the end of the day, we need to ask ourselves what sports are really for.
If they're not about building character and teaching young people (it may be too late for their fans) to win with grace and lose with dignity, then they're just a giant sham and really only about the ka-ching.
And if that's the case, they need to become franchises and pay their players and quit pretending that they - like the university they are supposed to represent - have anything to do with teaching and learning.
Clone to the Bone, win or lose. THAT's what sets us apart from everyone else.
I thought this would be a 5 win year. I don't think there were too many people that seriously thought this was a 6+ win year. Did anyone think this was going to be a 1 or 2 win year? Probably not. A 3 to 5 win year? Much more likely.
You don't lose 3 NFL-caliber players at ISU and just keep going, there is going to be a drop off.
Actually, told my co-workers in August we would be lucky to get through pre-conference with one win and then would probably beat Kansas or WV. Not gloating and wish I would have been wrong.
I keep reading the term "rebuilding year" on this thread and others. I didn't realize 6 wins was "built." Cyclone nation might be the only fanbase in the nation that would call this a rebuilding year. Regression? Yes. Setback? Definitely. Rebuilding? God I hope not.
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