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    CFN D-1 Rankings

    ISU actually higher than I thought when I started. I'm collecting everyone on the schedule for ISU into a document - when complete rankings are released with previews from Scout, I'll post it so everyone can see. Obvioiusly, SDSU will not be a part of it.

    67. Iowa State
    - 2008 Iowa State Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart
    What to look for on offense: An interesting quarterback situation. In a league that turned out to be loaded with great quarterbacks, Bret Meyer was supposed to be a weapon and a major plus for the Cyclones. He wasn't. Now he's gone, and exciting playmakers Austen Arnaud and Phillip Bates will rotate in what should be one of the tougher quarterback rotations to get a handle on. They can both move, but Bates, a wide receiver, is also a dangerous runner. The coaching staff will go with the right quarterback for the right situation.
    What to look for on defense: Much better pass defense numbers early on. Be prepared for stories in early October about how last year's secondary that allowed 254 yards per game is night-and-day better. Don't be fooled. Yes, ISU gets all four starters back and the pass rush should be more helpful, but the biggest plus will be playing South Dakota State, Kent State, Iowa, and UNLV before getting an off-week. And then come the games against Kansas and Baylor, and things will change in a big hurry.

    Relative Strengths: Running Back, Offensive Line
    Relative Weaknesses:
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    Scout.com: 2008 Preseason Rankings - No. 60 to 69


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    Re: CFN D-1 Rankings

    I thought we would be lower than this too. I think CFN knows we are going to be better than most around the country think.



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    Re: CFN D-1 Rankings

    I forgot we got an off-week this year. Thanksgiving weekend game unlike previous years.



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    Re: CFN D-1 Rankings

    I recall from last year that I always thought that CFN was pretty well informed and gave good analysis. This only confirms that they don't just skim the surface, they take a close look at each team they're analyzing.



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    Re: CFN D-1 Rankings

    Wow, how long has it been since offensive line could be described as a team strength? I couldn't be happier to see that.



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    Re: CFN D-1 Rankings

    CFN is generally spot on with respect to their analysis, this is encoruaging to see.



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    Re: CFN D-1 Rankings

    I think this is about where we should be. I do think we have a chance to be a little better, but if you followed our team closely last year, I'd say this is about right.



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    Re: CFN D-1 Rankings

    I agree that CFN usually shows us at least a little love, especially Fiutak. I'm kind of surprised that the basis of their offense write-up is our quarterback rotation. Hasn't Chizik made it pretty clear by now that he wants one QB by the last week of practice?



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