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    ESPN blog tidbits

    A few interesting tidbits from Tim Griffin's blog,

    ...Earlier this week, he ascertained the percent of tackles that will be returning for each defense across the country....

    Here's a look at how the Big 12 ranked:
    • Baylor 80.8 percent (ninth nationally)
    • Oklahoma 79.8 percent (15th nationally)
    • Texas 75.6 percent (24th nationally)
    • Kansas State 70.4 percent (35th nationally)
    • Iowa State 69.6 percent (42nd nationally)
    • Texas Tech 68.9 percent (47th nationally)
    • Oklahoma State 68.1 percent (52nd nationally)
    • Nebraska 61.5 percent (75th nationally)
    • Kansas 60.4 percent (81st nationally)
    • Colorado 58.2 percent (87th nationally)
    • Texas A&M 58.0 percent (89th nationally)
    • Missouri 56.5 percent (95th nationally)
    I also think it's interesting that the four so-called power teams in the North -- Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and two-time consecutive title-game participant Missouri -- all rank no better than 75th nationally and among the bottom five teams in the conference in returning tackles.

    These Big 12 position groups are stacked with talent
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    Iowa State's running backs: With new offensive coordinator Tom Herman taking over with a spread offensive attack, a talented array of running backs still will have frequent opportunities to contribute. Leading returning rusher Alexander Robinson could be poised to become one of the most underrated rusher/receiver combination backs in the conference. But Robinson will have to fight for playing time with a stacked group that also includes bruising redshirt freshman Jeremiah Schwartz and heralded University of Florida transfer Bo Williams. Herman will be able to utilize all three backs in a variety of roles....
    Big 12 - ESPN



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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    Good find, thanks!


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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    A few interesting tidbits from Tim Griffin's blog,





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    Holy cow, that appears to be a positive tidbit about Iowa State football in a national media source. Amazing find +1.


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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    I also think it's interesting that the four so-called power teams in the North -- Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and two-time consecutive title-game participant Missouri -- all rank no better than 75th nationally and among the bottom five teams in the conference in returning tackles.
    This is another reason why I think everyone (aside from maybe kstate) will have a legit shot at winning at least a share of the North.



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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    This is another reason why I think everyone (aside from maybe kstate) will have a legit shot at winning at least a share of the North.
    I don't mean to be a downer, but saying ISU has a legit shot might be a little optimistic, coming from a zero win team that has gone through a coaching change.



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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    I'm not sure if measuring returning tackles really says anything. The offenses in the Big 12 last year were such high-scoring, high-yardage, high-percentage units, and good defense was at a premium all around, even for teams like Texas.

    I do love that A-Rob is getting some love. The dude is poised for a breakout year if he can stay healthy.



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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    Quote Originally Posted by kucyclone View Post
    I don't mean to be a downer, but saying ISU has a legit shot might be a little optimistic, coming from a zero win team that has gone through a coaching change.
    You forget 2004 my friend. I believe that the north is even weaker this season than it was in 2004.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    You forget 2004 my friend. I believe that the north is even weaker this season than it was in 2004.
    What percentage do you consider a "legit shot"? If someone gave you 9/1 odds, (saying ISU had a 10% shot to win) you would bet on that? I sure wouldn't.



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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    Quote Originally Posted by kucyclone View Post
    What percentage do you consider a "legit shot"? If someone gave you 9/1 odds, (saying ISU had a 10% shot to win) you would bet on that? I sure wouldn't.
    Not large sums of money but you better believe I'd put 50 on it!



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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    This is another reason why I think everyone (aside from maybe kstate) will have a legit shot at winning at least a share of the North.
    +1

    Love the attitude. I can't go as far as saying that ISU has a legit shot that the North, but I do think that there are no outstanding teams in the North, and no one that we should fear.

    MU has been on top for 2 years, but they lost both their OC and DC, plus Daniel, Maclin, Coffman, and a slew of defensive players. They will be hard pressed to sustain in 2009.

    KU is probably the early favorite with the return of Reesing and Sharp. But they lose several on defense. They will be entering into their second year without their outstanding DC, Young. Sometimes, the impact of losing key staff doesn't show up for a year or two. Will KU be good? Yes. Unbeatable? Hardly.

    NU loses the heart and soul of their offense in Ganz and Lucky. Ganz may have been one of the most underrated QB's in a stacked Big 12. Also lose some key defensive personnel. Should fight it out with KU for the North.

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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    Quote Originally Posted by kucyclone View Post
    What percentage do you consider a "legit shot"? If someone gave you 9/1 odds, (saying ISU had a 10% shot to win) you would bet on that? I sure wouldn't.
    It depends. If this season is anything like I expect from the north, ISU may be tied for second with 3 wins and a game to go.

    Think about it, last year we were close to winning at Colrado and KState. Colorado will be slightly better, but so will ISU and this year it is in Ames where ISU has beat Colorado the last two times. KState will be worse and I fully expect ISU to pull out a win against them for the conference opener. Missouri and Nebraska took some huge hits this offseason on offense and defense which include losing last year's 3000+ yard QB's for both schools and neither has anyone grommed to take over. I think Missouri will take the largest tumble of anyone in the league. Kansas is the most logical pick to win the north, but even they have had some bad personnel losses over the offseason and look how close we were to knocking them off last year.

    Considering how weak the north is, I would say that ISU has a chance at winning a share. Notice how I never said ISU would win the north, all I said is they have a chance at a share- just like everyone else.


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    Re: ESPN blog tidbits

    Quote Originally Posted by kucyclone View Post
    I don't mean to be a downer, but saying ISU has a legit shot might be a little optimistic, coming from a zero win team that has gone through a coaching change.
    +2 for being a realist!

    -1 for being a realist.


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