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    ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Ranking the best and worst of Big 12 nonconference schedules - Big 12 - ESPN
    11. Iowa State: North Dakota State, Iowa, at Kent State, Army
    Paul Rhoads doesn't want any surprises early in his first season and his nonconference schedule. North Dakota State has posed problems to FBS teams like Minnesota in the past. Iowa doesn't have Shonn Greene back, but has almost everybody else back on a stout defense that will challenge the Cyclones. Mighty mite 5-foot-5, 170-pound tailback Eugene Jarvis will test ISU's defense and the trip to Kent State won't be a gimme. And new Army coach Rich Ellerson will bring 6-10, 283-pound wide receiver Ali Villanueva along with starting quarterback Chip Bowden from a team that won three games last season.
    I'm not exactly sure how that ranks below these considering Duke is the only BCS team these three schools play (and they won like 2 ACC games last year):
    10. Texas: Louisiana-Monroe, at Wyoming, UTEP, Central Florida
    9. Texas Tech: North Dakota, Rice, at Houston, New Mexico
    7. Kansas: Northern Colorado, at UTEP, Duke, Southern Mississippi

    Maybe he thinks Iowa isn't going to be very good? Kind of an odd list to me.



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    kNebraska at #4? Florida Atlantic (H) Arkansas State (H), at Virginia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette (H)

    Except for VT thats pretty soft.



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by EggMcClone View Post
    Ranking the best and worst of Big 12 nonconference schedules - Big 12 - ESPN

    I'm not exactly sure how that ranks below these considering Duke is the only BCS team these three schools play (and they won like 2 ACC games last year):
    10. Texas: Louisiana-Monroe, at Wyoming, UTEP, Central Florida
    9. Texas Tech: North Dakota, Rice, at Houston, New Mexico
    7. Kansas: Northern Colorado, at UTEP, Duke, Southern Mississippi

    Maybe he thinks Iowa isn't going to be very good? Kind of an odd list to me.
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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by 4429 mcc View Post
    kNebraska at #4? Florida Atlantic (H) Arkansas State (H), at Virginia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette (H)

    Except for VT thats pretty soft.
    And as per usual, they don't leave Lincoln for those games either.

    Gotta say - I think I'd rather have those 3 home games than Kent State on the road.



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by EggMcClone View Post
    Ranking the best and worst of Big 12 nonconference schedules - Big 12 - ESPN

    I'm not exactly sure how that ranks below these considering Duke is the only BCS team these three schools play (and they won like 2 ACC games last year):

    11. Iowa St: ND St, Iowa, at Toledo, Army
    10. Texas: Louisiana-Monroe, at Wyoming, UTEP, Central Florida - fairly decent, and actually agreeing to play at Wyoming
    9. Texas Tech: North Dakota, Rice, at Houston, New Mexico - fairly decent
    7. Kansas: Northern Colorado, at UTEP, Duke, Southern Mississippi - WTF?

    Maybe he thinks Iowa isn't going to be very good? Kind of an odd list to me.
    One of these things is not like the other (I'm looking at you, Kansas...)


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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Well, it's not very often that a 2-10 team from the year before has a chance to go 4-0 in non-conference.



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    Wow, we can't buy respect right now
    Why should anyone respect us? We were 2-10 with the worst defense in the history of football played by humans, we have a Charmin Extra Soft non-conf schedule, and we have a new staff and system. Respect must be earned.



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by EggMcClone View Post
    Ranking the best and worst of Big 12 nonconference schedules - Big 12 - ESPN

    I'm not exactly sure how that ranks below these considering Duke is the only BCS team these three schools play (and they won like 2 ACC games last year):
    10. Texas: Louisiana-Monroe, at Wyoming, UTEP, Central Florida
    9. Texas Tech: North Dakota, Rice, at Houston, New Mexico
    7. Kansas: Northern Colorado, at UTEP, Duke, Southern Mississippi

    Maybe he thinks Iowa isn't going to be very good? Kind of an odd list to me.
    Clone fans have thought Kent State was a decent team for a few years now. It turns out, they suck. Army sucks. So does the Division II team. Those three teams are really weak competition.



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    His ranking of the non-cons really is a joke - it's all a bunch of BS.

    This is how I'd do it:

    1 (2). Colorado: Colorado State, at Toledo, Wyoming, at West Virginia
    2 (5). Oklahoma State: Georgia, Houston, Rice, Grambling
    3 (1). Oklahoma: BYU (at Arlington, Texas), Idaho State, Tulsa, at Miami
    4 (3). Missouri: Illinois (at St. Louis), Bowling Green, Furman, at Nevada
    5 (6). Baylor: at Wake Forest, Connecticut, Northwestern State, Kent State
    6 (4). Nebraska: Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State, at Virginia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette
    7 (8). Texas A&M: New Mexico, Utah State, UAB, Arkansas (at Arlington, Texas)
    8 (9). Texas Tech: North Dakota, Rice, at Houston, New Mexico
    9 (11). Iowa State: North Dakota State, Iowa, at Kent State, Army
    10 (12). Kansas State: Massachusetts, at Louisiana-Lafayette, at UCLA, Tennessee Tech
    11 (10). Texas: Louisiana-Monroe, at Wyoming, UTEP, Central Florida
    12 (7). Kansas: Northern Colorado, at UTEP, Duke, Southern Mississippi

    The only reason why I don't have OSU #1 is because all of them are home games - but it's still brutal. Much more brutal than the patty-cake that Nebraska plays in comparison...


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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by ClimbIowa View Post
    Clone fans have thought Kent State was a decent team for a few years now. It turns out, they suck. Army sucks. So does the Division II team. Those three teams are really weak competition.
    Arkansas State -- Sun Belt, 6-6 (3-3, 4th)
    Northern Iowa -- Division I-AA, or "Division II" as you call it.



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by ClimbIowa View Post
    Clone fans have thought Kent State was a decent team for a few years now. It turns out, they suck. Army sucks. So does the Division II team. Those three teams are really weak competition.
    Damn - why do I keep wandering over onto the rivalry board?

    I'm sure I keep clicking on the ISU football link.

    But I keep getting in all these threads with iowa fans making unsolicited opinions and shots at ISU. Wierd.

    Someone help, please??????

    Maybe Jeremy can look into why the FB link keeps going to the rivalry board, and why it still says Iowa State Football at the top....



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by ClimbIowa View Post
    Clone fans have thought Kent State was a decent team for a few years now. It turns out, they suck. Army sucks. So does the Division II team. Those three teams are really weak competition.
    I want explicit written proof that anyone here thought that Kent State was a decent team. I've never heard that. I've only heard by how much we should be beating them by and how ****** off we were in 2007 when we lost to them in our home opener. Not once did anyone say they have a decent team. We said they have a QB and a running game that COULD cause our defense problems (which for some odd reason it really didn't last year), but that's a FAR cry from saying they have a decent team.


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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by theshadow View Post
    Arkansas State -- Sun Belt, 6-6 (3-3, 4th)
    Northern Iowa -- Division I-AA, or "Division II" as you call it.
    Arizona - Better than NDSU, Kent State, Army, Iowa State, Arkansas State and UNI.

    It's funny how you guys always leave out our toughest non-conference opponents.



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

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    Arizona - Better than NDSU, Kent State, Army, Iowa State, Arkansas State and UNI.

    It's funny how you guys always leave out our toughest non-conference opponents.
    Son of a ***** - it keeps happening.



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    Re: ESPN blog ranks ISU's non-con 11th toughest in B12

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Son of a ***** - it keeps happening.
    Yeah, it was in response to theshadow who took an unwarranted shot at Iowa's schedule. You guys bring it upon yourselves.



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