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    ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    He has a little updating to do but here is his "expert" analysis.

    Schedule analysis: Iowa State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN



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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Its fair...



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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    For the Farmageddon followers, he does refer to the game as such.



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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    Its fair...
    Agreed, Ubbs( or as we call him in my office, Frodo) seems to like Rhoads a lot and the direction of the program but isn't pulling any punches with how difficult our schedule is. We are going to need to shock someone to get to a bowl this year and I'm circling aTm or Okie St. as my upset favs but then again if I pick it is it really an upset?



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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    That's a pretty fair and accurate guess, IMO. I also have Mizzou as a team that ISU could beat, and don't see wins over A&M, Texas, OU, or OSU. Everyone else on the schedule is beatable.


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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Texas is absolutely beatable. They will still be weak (by their standards) next year.

    This seemed the key part of the column to me:
    Quote Originally Posted by Quasimodo
    I don't see a real opportunity on this schedule for Rhoads to make noise with another shocking win. Beating Iowa would be a huge step, but far from shocking. The same goes for UConn. Texas tanked last year, but don't forget, the Longhorns were ranked and coming off a win in Lincoln over the Huskers when Iowa State came into Austin and won.
    The only potential "shocker" on our schedule would be winning at Norman. There are a lot of tough games, but even wins over OSU or A&M wouldn't be on the shocking level of those road wins. Iowa and UConn would be big wins, but far more akin to last year's TTU game than the Nebraska/Texas games.


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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    What's weird to me, is that again in pre-season, ISU is picked to barely be able to field a team. I really hope things get changed around sooner than later. I'm tired of the talking heads always pushing ISU to the side.



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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewo View Post
    What's weird to me, is that again in pre-season, ISU is picked to barely be able to field a team. I really hope things get changed around sooner than later. I'm tired of the talking heads always pushing ISU to the side.
    ISU is probably going to have to start winning 8-9 games annually before that happens.


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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewo View Post
    What's weird to me, is that again in pre-season, ISU is picked to barely be able to field a team. I really hope things get changed around sooner than later. I'm tired of the talking heads always pushing ISU to the side.
    I agree with this point of view. When will we get to the level of a program that doesn't need upsets to get to bowl games? I am not talking BCS bowl games...just 6-6 bowl games. We are replacing some key parts of our team this year which coincides with year 3 of the PR regime. This needs to be a year where we see a lot of growth from the football program...not a lot of hope!

    Tough schedule for sure...and that plays a part I guess.



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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Texas is absolutely beatable. They will still be weak (by their standards) next year.

    This seemed the key part of the column to me:


    The only potential "shocker" on our schedule would be winning at Norman. There are a lot of tough games, but even wins over OSU or A&M wouldn't be on the shocking level of those road wins. Iowa and UConn would be big wins, but far more akin to last year's TTU game than the Nebraska/Texas games.
    I disagree. I think by the time we play OSU, beating them would be a shocker. They will be a top 10 team. The thing about playing Oklahoma when we do is that now it's right before bedlam which could be the biggest game of the year across the whole nation. I know it sounds silly but one could argue that OSU will be the best team in the conference outside of Oklahoma. There is no doubt in my mind that OK will be looking past us. Will that be enough for us to take advantage? I doubt it but who knows at this point. aTm wouldn't be shocking at all though. In fact, they will probably be a team positioned similar to Nebraska and Texas when we play them. Good teams, but not top 10. We absolutely have to beat:

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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Same guy had us with three wins last season. IMO ISU will start 4-0, with a total of 7 wins (not including a bowl).



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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIGuy4Cy View Post
    Same guy had us with three wins last season. IMO ISU will start 4-0, with a total of 7 wins (not including a bowl).
    If we start 4-0 we sure as hell better have more than 7 wins when the season is over.


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    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    I disagree. I think by the time we play OSU, beating them would be a shocker. They will be a top 10 team. The thing about playing Oklahoma when we do is that now it's right before bedlam which could be the biggest game of the year across the whole nation. I know it sounds silly but one could argue that OSU will be the best team in the conference outside of Oklahoma. There is no doubt in my mind that OK will be looking past us. Will that be enough for us to take advantage? I doubt it but who knows at this point. aTm wouldn't be shocking at all though. In fact, they will probably be a team positioned similar to Nebraska and Texas when we play them. Good teams, but not top 10. We absolutely have to beat:

    UNI
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    Mizzou/Baylor
    I think OSU makes a gigantic misstep at some point this season. Their offense is going to have an inexplicably bad game somewhere, and their defense isn't that great. We're going to be an underdog in that game, but in this day and age, any BCS level school can beat any other @ home. I would put this in the "shocker" category in Stillwater.


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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    If we start 4-0 we sure as hell better have more than 7 wins when the season is over.
    We had 5 wins after the KU game last season and didnt win another one. Hard to believe we could have finished with 8 wins and played for the Big 12 title. What has killed us is a lack of a bye week, that will not be the case this season.



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    Re: ESPN's Ubben looks at schedule

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIGuy4Cy View Post
    We had 5 wins after the KU game last season and didnt win another one. Hard to believe we could have finished with 8 wins and played for the Big 12 title. What has killed us is a lack of a bye week, that will not be the case this season.
    Having a Blaine Gabbert might have helped also. If the qb position can improve, we would be a much better team.


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