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    SoS for 2014

    ISU football's strength of schedule for season 123 will once again be among the elite, as it has been during the entire Rhode's era. This could be the most difficult ever. Posistive factors, though, are the 7 home games, versus 5 away games on the schedule, in addition to 2 well spaced bye weeks.

    Here is Phil Steele's compilation using the traditional NCAA method, which accounts only for opponent's previous season W/L's.:
    http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/2014/MAR14/DBMar15.html

    ISU's schedule, #7 overall, is strongest of all Big 12 schools. OU's, #93, is the lowest. Their oppoents were actually sub .500 last year, as are the I-Hawks, whose schedule comes in at #85.

    Interesting note: Dan McCarney's Green Machine will no doubt continue their ascension to prominence versus the #127 schedule, even though it includes a road trip to Austin.

    Here is another view from SB Nation, ranking only the non-conference schedules:
    http://www.sbnation.com/college-foot...les-best-worst

    ISU's schedule rank's #2 overall, trailing only Texas. 3-peat FCS champ NDSU, 4-0 versus the FBS in recent years, is no doubt a big reason for that.

    Interesting note: Four Missouri Valley teams are including in the top 10 strongest slates of opponents. Again, these are strictly about W/L's from last year, but it is still something you would not expect.



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Who is this Rhode's?




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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Every year (in perpetuity right now) we are going to have...

    Round-robin with 9/10 in the Big XII
    Iowa
    UNI/MVC team
    Somebody else from a Division 1-A low-level conference, typically a MAC team

    We might as well get used to this.



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Our strength of schedule is seriously the biggest non-story of all time. Life in our conference dating back to the Big 8.



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    I wish the Big 12 would schedule one conference game for each team at a neutral site every season. That way every team would have the same number of home and away conference games.



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Toughest from Hardest to Easiest

    1) OU........Not going to win this one. Too many reasons to list
    2) Texas....Not going to win this one. New excitement and toughness at Texas
    3) OSU......Highly unlikely. Too many athletes
    4) Iowa.....Highly unlikely. Too strong in the trenches
    5) TCU......Unlikely but not improbable. Can they find a QB that can throw a forward pass?
    6) TTech....Unlikely but not improbable. Tech's offense is going to be very good
    7) Baylor.....Unlikely but not improbable. Baylor still has a ton of speed
    8) KSU.......Possible. KSU has ISU's # but worst KSU since Snyder has been back
    9) WVU......Possible. Home game. 20 degrees out. Thinking Kansas '13 game all over
    10) NDSU....Probable. Lost some key starters and the head man himself. Loras coach beat ISU? Nope
    11) Kansas..Probable. KU wasn't good last year and won't be better this year.
    12) Toledo...Probable. Toledo won't be as bad as some might hope, but ISU doesn't lose to MAC at home



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Istate View Post
    Toughest from Hardest to Easiest

    1) OU........Not going to win this one. Too many reasons to list
    2) Texas....Not going to win this one. New excitement and toughness at Texas
    3) OSU......Highly unlikely. Too many athletes
    4) Iowa.....Highly unlikely. Too strong in the trenches
    5) TCU......Unlikely but not improbable. Can they find a QB that can throw a forward pass?
    6) TTech....Unlikely but not improbable. Tech's offense is going to be very good
    7) Baylor.....Unlikely but not improbable. Baylor still has a ton of speed
    8) KSU.......Possible. KSU has ISU's # but worst KSU since Snyder has been back
    9) WVU......Possible. Home game. 20 degrees out. Thinking Kansas '13 game all over
    10) NDSU....Probable. Lost some key starters and the head man himself. Loras coach beat ISU? Nope
    11) Kansas..Probable. KU wasn't good last year and won't be better this year.
    12) Toledo...Probable. Toledo won't be as bad as some might hope, but ISU doesn't lose to MAC at home
    Injuries at the end of the year will cost us two of these wins. out of the 5 possible's - that will end up being 2-3 wins for next season. Hope Im wrong



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by cycophagus View Post
    ISU football's strength of schedule for season 123 will once again be among the elite, as it has been during the entire Rhode's era. This could be the most difficult ever. Posistive factors, though, are the 7 home games, versus 5 away games on the schedule, in addition to 2 well spaced bye weeks.

    Here is Phil Steele's compilation using the traditional NCAA method, which accounts only for opponent's previous season W/L's.:
    http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/2014/MAR14/DBMar15.html

    ISU's schedule, #7 overall, is strongest of all Big 12 schools. OU's, #93, is the lowest. Their oppoents were actually sub .500 last year, as are the I-Hawks, whose schedule comes in at #85.

    Interesting note: Dan McCarney's Green Machine will no doubt continue their ascension to prominence versus the #127 schedule, even though it includes a road trip to Austin.

    Here is another view from SB Nation, ranking only the non-conference schedules:
    http://www.sbnation.com/college-foot...les-best-worst

    ISU's schedule rank's #2 overall, trailing only Texas. 3-peat FCS champ NDSU, 4-0 versus the FBS in recent years, is no doubt a big reason for that.

    Interesting note: Four Missouri Valley teams are including in the top 10 strongest slates of opponents. Again, these are strictly about W/L's from last year, but it is still something you would not expect.
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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Luth4Cy View Post
    I wish the Big 12 would schedule one conference game for each team at a neutral site every season. That way every team would have the same number of home and away conference games.
    I recall this is coach Rhoad's () opinion as well. Commish Bowlsby said that the same issue in the Pac 10 just could not be solved, so I doubt he will would push it.

    Farmageddon @ Arrowhead was awesome. Do you suppose KU would agree to a 2 year deal there?



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    ...the schedule's not that daunting if ISU had some decent talent.

    So, it's going to be daunting for them.



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Why are we not scheduling like Iowa does?

    Toledo is as bad as it gets..

    Where is Tennessee Tech when you need them?



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by madguy30 View Post
    ...the schedule's not that daunting if ISU had some decent talent.

    So, it's going to be daunting for them.
    Isn't that the annual preseason story?



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    How can two teams that both play round Robin in same conference be 90 spots apart?



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    Re: SoS for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by madguy30 View Post
    ...the schedule's not that daunting if ISU had some decent talent.

    So, it's going to be daunting for them.
    The 7th toughest schedule isn't daunting? Are you high or not good at math?


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    Re: SoS for 2014

    No offense, but even if we had an easy schedule I don't think we'd win many games either



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