Far fetched...I would be more inclined to believe that this game was put together due to the hype of Barnes and both teams being in contention for him. (Similar to us scheduling Auburn as a football non-conference would be) Barnes will definitely be the topic of conversation during that game... guaranteed
I'd say ISU scheduling dook is about a lot more than HB, but it's definitely a reason. If we can compete against them (and I don't expect us to win no matter what--see MSU elite 8), that will only be a positive towards showing HB he can get it done in Ames. But I'd think he's most likely to have made a decision by January of his senior year in high school.
Exposure in the Chicago area, an ESPN game ($$$) against a big time program are probably the most likely reasons for this game. It's win/win for ISU and dook definitely has more to lose playing a game like this. I'm impressed by JP and GM getting this game on the schedule.
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