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    CFN's Big 12 preview

    I just saw this article and thought I'd pass it along. Pretty low expectations for ISU (#84 - just 2 spots ahead of Baylor). But, the info is solid and a pretty decent perspective...

    Personally, if ISU won 6 games, I'd be satisfied...



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    I have a feeling, for me, this could be a very frustrating year. From a good standpoint though. I agree, that six wins, I'd be elated, but, I dont' see that many. The big problem I see is that I think we'll be closer in a lot of games this year. I feel, looking back, that there will be a lot of opportunity for us to say, "If we could have just done this, or done that, we'd have made a bowl." I really am not sure if we'll do a lot better than last year in terms of wins. I see us being more competetive over all though and therefore, allowing us to think we could have or should have won more games.

    Last year I felt we were lucky to beat Mizzu. This year, I have a feeling, if I don't keep everyting in perspective, I'll think we should have won more games. That's why I keep telling myself 6 wins would be monumental and a bowl game would be a miracle.

    The worst part is, it's only January and I can't wait for the season to start. Win or lose, I have a feeling this year will bring a lot of excitement.



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    One thing I never understood about the McCarney era, as much of a motivator as he was or claimed to be, we sure had a lot of teams that got down-right spanked. For example, what happened to the 2003 team? What happened against Kansas and Colorado this year? In his early years, we just got killed by some of the better teams; not even competitive.



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    I don't share the doom and gloom. Look at our roster. ISU did not lost that many seniors, and those holes are being patched with JC transfers. There are a lot of underclassmen on the roster. How many will help us, who knows? But plenty of warm bodies to fill holes.



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by letsgostate View Post
    I don't share the doom and gloom. Look at our roster. ISU did not lost that many seniors, and those holes are being patched with JC transfers. There are a lot of underclassmen on the roster. How many will help us, who knows? But plenty of warm bodies to fill holes.
    Agreed. I don't see us being any worse than last year. I can see six wins, but it'll be a struggle. I am looking forward to the offensive playbook being opened up a lot more, teams won't really have a scouting report on us this year because they haven't faced our schemes yet.



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Lastuvka View Post
    teams won't really have a scouting report on us this year because they haven't faced our schemes yet.
    That's a great point. (I kinda hope McFarland will play his cards pretty close to his vest the first few games so he'll have plenty of surprises for Iowa & the Big 12. Assuming we're good enough to do that) I think most teams will probably just look at Texas' D and pretty much know what to expect from Bolt's defense. (Unless he throws some wrinkles in there)

    Like I wrote previously, I'd be satisfied with 6 wins, but I know it will definitely be a tough row to hoe...



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    no way we get 7 or more wins in Chizik's first year, if we actually did, i think it would be a bigger accomplishment for Chizik than going undefeated at Auburn or Texas...But it won't happen...we'll prolly get somewhere between 3-5 wins...I could POSSIBLY see 6 and a crappy bowl game, but not all that likely with our schedule. It'll take more than one year for Chizik to get us back in the Big 12 North Championship hunt, just like it will take McDermott more than a year to get us back into the tourney. It will especially help our record once we get baylor, ok st, and a&m instead of texas, ou, and t.tech. Either way I'll be there cheering like we are back to back champions.

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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    I would think we could squeeze six wins out of we're lucky.
    Very winnable
    Kent State
    Northern Iowa
    Toledo
    Decent shot:
    Mizzou
    Colorado
    Kansas
    K State
    Can win if lucky
    Iowa
    Nebraska
    Need a lot of luck
    Texas Tech (although they barely beat MN, and they are average)
    Luck won' help
    Texas
    Oklahoma



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    I agree. We lose a lot in the O line, so what ? New schemes? Can we run them any worse than the old schemes? Returning skill players and experience on defense sound like solid cornerstones to me.



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    I predict 6 wins and a crappy bowl game. Detroit here we come!



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by mkadl View Post
    I agree. We lose a lot in the O line, so what ? New schemes? Can we run them any worse than the old schemes? Returning skill players and experience on defense sound like solid cornerstones to me.
    We may have lost a lot on the O-line but I don't think that is all bad. Look how terrible our line was last year. Maybe it was the players or maybe it was the coaches. Either way I think we will be alright seeing the JUCO's Chizik has already brought in.



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by letsgostate View Post
    I would think we could squeeze six wins out of we're lucky.

    Decent shot:
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    K State
    Can win if lucky
    Iowa
    I'd move Iowa off of "if lucky" and into decent shot. They're breaking in a new quarterback and have no defensive line whatsoever. Iowa's got less skills now than they did last year finishing 6-7 (and we led a good majority of that game last year). This isn't so much as we're such a great team as much is it's Iowa isn't nearly as good as you're giving them credit for.


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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    I think there is a lot of talent on this team. However, the chronic line problems of the last couple years probably won't be sorted out with one class. So I don't have any set expectations.



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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    if the players buy in and we can fill the holes we can beat:
    Kent State
    Toledo
    Northern Iowa
    Kansas
    Missouri

    But I also see the possibility that it won't be as much of a transition as we all think, but we will see!!!!


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    Re: CFN's Big 12 preview

    im just tired of us looking soft. it always seemed to me that when we went up against a good team, we look like a deer in the headlights and get our @$$ kicked on both sides of the ball. hopefully coach c can change this mentality. i don't know what to expect for next years team. everyone was excited for a 7-5 or 8-4 season last year before we went down the tubes. now it seems this year everyone is content to go 5-7 6-6. i expect better. i truly believe that chizek was one of the best available coaches in america, and we got him here. the defense improved quite a bit over the coarse of last year and it seemed to me that it was our "high powered offense" that got us into trouble a lot of the time. it appears that the coaches are addressing the biggest areas of struggle and are trying to correct them immediately. how good can this team be? only time will tell.



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