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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    I'm down with 3-9. Don't think we beat ndsu. We get Toledo wvu and TT.



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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    It all comes down to NDSU. If we get that win, there's a chance at a decent season, i.e. a bowl game.
    If we don't, it's a train wreck.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
    Make this one for the ages!




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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    Having Mangino gives us 2 more wins than last year. Five is what I am expecting. I'll be pleasantly surprised if we win 7.


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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    Quote Originally Posted by scyclonekid View Post
    7-5. **** yah!!


    Quote Originally Posted by temperflare View Post
    Having Mangino gives us 2 more wins than last year. Five is what I am expecting. I'll be pleasantly surprised if we win 7.
    I'm keeping my expectations low at 3 wins after getting burned last year, but this is close to my sentiment. Having the ManginOffense last year would have gotten us at least 2 more wins. I know there are a lot of question marks on defense, but it seemed to me the ineffective offense was a factor in our defensive struggles last year; they looked pretty gassed late in games.


    Quote Originally Posted by CloneinWDSM View Post
    LOL ya right. If we win 9 games, I'll wax my entire body.

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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    I have been imagining us losing to NDSU this week to help temper my expectations. And the more I do the more I think it is a real possibility. We got manhandled against UNI; they were organized; executed well. On the other hand we were so completely un-organized everywhere. What the heck happened in August?

    Now here are some ways I have been talking myself into thinking we could be good:

    1. CPR could be building the program the right way which means if he actually is the players are being developed well and ISU has the players to win 7-8 games every year [because the program is built for it].

    2. Last year was an anomaly because of Messing-mayhem/Klenakis; injury-riddled OLINE and a terrible DL.

    The terrible offense brought the whole team down in multiple ways:
    -did not prepare the defense in August via scrimmages.
    -deflated the defense starting with game 1 against UNI and defense lost hope in this team being very good.

    Certain players may have brought down the DL morale which has been discussed at length; coupled with inexperience spelled disaster.

    Remedies of Juco innflux; more experience and luck [healthy oline]; new offensive staff can solve our problems of last year..
    Problem is our winnable games are at the beginning of the season and the end.
    We need to win most of the winnable games to go bowling.

    Just don't see how the coaches can get this team organized in a month to be ready for NDSU.

    For comparison Mark Mangino went 2-10 his first year at Kansas but can you compare ISU to Kansas when he took over from Terry Allen? Probably because both Kansas in 2001 and ISU last year won 3 games and both had abysmal offenses.

    But just for fun lets say Iowa State last year was an anomaly because of terrible coaching/coaches and OLINE injuries; and CPR really is building a good program and the cupboard is not really bare then this team should gel in half of the time as Mangino's Kansas team did [bowl game 2nd year] and we should be in great form midway through the season [the same time the JCs gel] and we win 3 out of NDSU; KSU; IOWA; Toledo and win 4 out of the last 5 [cause we gelled] then we can go bowling.

    Thats how you talk yourself into ISU bowling.

    And to temper expectations; remember the all those TD runs UNI RB had last year 1st game; and remember how many 3 and outs we and last year; and remember Iowa getting 5 yards every run game.

    By the way Richardson starts; book it.


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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    Not sure I'm ready to take a detailed game-by-game-with-scores plunge yet. But I may change my mind...

    I will say this: If the regular season is close to OP's crystal ball but I still find something to complain about on Dec. 7, somebody bop me on the head.


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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    Quote Originally Posted by GTO View Post
    Here are my keys to having a successful season:

    -Devario, Quenton, and Allan become WR studs.
    -Rohach and Richardson can get them the ball consistently (better protection for our QBs, PLEASE!)
    -Wimberly stays healthy
    -Defense holds their own. Nothing amazing, but at least try to keep games in the 20's or low 30's for the other team.

    If at the very least we can develop the kind of offense that can outscore some teams, I'll be more than happy. As someone else mentioned before, sustained drives will definitely help on offense.
    Wimberly will be good for a inside shuffle pass. Hope Mangino tries it a few times.


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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    I'm in the 4-6 win camp. But who really knows, we have a ton on unknowns.



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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    Quote Originally Posted by ajk4st8 View Post
    Don't think we beat ndsu.
    If Rhoads can't orchestrate a win in the home opener vs. a guy with one year head-coaching experience (3-7 in Division III), it's going to be a long season.

    Not saying I would expect a blowout win by any means -- but you can't blow that one.


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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    Quote Originally Posted by dbodeenisudm View Post
    I have been imagining us losing to NDSU this week to help temper my expectations. And the more I do the more I think it is a real possibility. We got manhandled against UNI; they were organized; executed well. On the other hand we were so completely un-organized everywhere. What the heck happened in August?

    Now here are some ways I have been talking myself into thinking we could be good:

    1. CPR could be building the program the right way which means if he actually is the players are being developed well and ISU has the players to win 7-8 games every year [because the program is built for it].

    2. Last year was an anomaly because of Messing-mayhem/Klenakis; injury-riddled OLINE and a terrible DL.

    The terrible offense brought the whole team down in multiple ways:
    -did not prepare the defense in August via scrimmages.
    -deflated the defense starting with game 1 against UNI and defense lost hope in this team being very good.

    Certain players may have brought down the DL morale which has been discussed at length; coupled with inexperience spelled disaster.

    Remedies of Juco innflux; more experience and luck [healthy oline]; new offensive staff can solve our problems of last year..
    Problem is our winnable games are at the beginning of the season and the end.
    We need to win most of the winnable games to go bowling.

    Just don't see how the coaches can get this team organized in a month to be ready for NDSU.

    For comparison Mark Mangino went 2-10 his first year at Kansas but can you compare ISU to Kansas when he took over from Terry Allen? Probably because both Kansas in 2001 and ISU last year won 3 games and both had abysmal offenses.

    But just for fun lets say Iowa State last year was an anomaly because of terrible coaching/coaches and OLINE injuries; and CPR really is building a good program and the cupboard is not really bare then this team should gel in half of the time as Mangino's Kansas team did [bowl game 2nd year] and we should be in great form midway through the season [the same time the JCs gel] and we win 3 out of NDSU; KSU; IOWA; Toledo and win 4 out of the last 5 [cause we gelled] then we can go bowling.

    Thats how you talk yourself into ISU bowling.

    And to temper expectations; remember the all those TD runs UNI RB had last year 1st game; and remember how many 3 and outs we and last year; and remember Iowa getting 5 yards every run game.

    By the way Richardson starts; book it.
    Doing things the right way can be a *****, am I right?



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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    What the heck. I can change my mind in August.

    Totally-July guessing, close to "best-case" for W-L:
    North Dakota State, W 28-21
    Kansas State, L 31-17
    at Iowa, L 30-13
    Baylor, L 59-24
    at Oklahoma State, L 40-24
    Toledo, W 38-14
    at Texas, L 34-13
    Oklahoma, L 37-10
    at Kansas, W 41-27
    Texas Tech, L 42-35
    West Virginia, W 38-31
    at TCU, W 27-24 OT

    5-7, 3-6

    A mildly surprising win to go 6-6 may be attainable. Tech is a candidate.


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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    My heart: 6-6

    My head: 4-8

    My prediction: 5-7



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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    I think we get to 6-6 for a mildly surprising year, and then our optimism is once again tempered by a bowl loss.

    Cyclones beat NDSU, Toledo, Kansas, and West Virginia to get the four easiest wins. I'll also say there's an upset win somewhere along the way - maybe K-State, Iowa, or Texas Tech. Finally, ISU goes into the last game of the year at TCU with a 5-6 record and pulls out the big win to get bowl eligible.



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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    I think we see Wimberly have a huge year. Defenses will be very very frustrated if the oline gets some push. I really don't see how they cannot get push. They had some decent push against wvu; the last game I remember. Healthiest and deepest line we have had since ever that i remember. Mangino has some reasons for optimism. The issue is how long it takes for them to gel. Hopefully quickly but realistically it wont be for a bit.



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    Re: Football Season Predictions

    Also deepest most talented wr corps we have ever had. I am not even counting lazard in that. Ecby harris west and bundradge are very good receivers and those are the knowns. Quite a few known talents but unknown of how ready they will be behind those 4. Boesen and bibbs both returners round out a very solid receiving corps. If only if only mangino pulls a miracle and gets this thing to gel. I know a lot of folks thought last season was going to be the year we had a break out season on offense and it turned out to be the worst nightmare imaginable but i think the pieces are there; known good coaching in place; just need it all to come together. Preferably by august 30th.



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