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    IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Roll with me for a second.

    I think it could be said an "emotional" advantage would be certainly in Iowa's favor. Remeber the "Cortez" speech from Mac in 1998...a fellow clone unable to play anymore...rallies the troops...and the rest is history.

    While that may not be the best analogy circa 2009...it is clear that the "something" to prove angle is all on Iowa.

    Which is why I believe a fast start for ISU is critical in this game. If the clones come out fast on offensive and if R Parker can spend some early time in the Iowa backfield...I feel real good about our chances.

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    Given the emotional angle and lingering doubters....if Iowa were to strike first especially via the run...the short-term confidence for that make shift line will grow and could linger most of the game. Think about it. They just need the unit to work for one game...long term outlook may be a bit bleaker...but in this time and situation, a unit could play out of their minds - when they would have no business doing so. This game has all the makings of that happening.

    ISU should throw the kitchen sink at the left side of the line...all day long. Force them to one half of the field.

    Either way...ISU has got to start fast.


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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    You'd think this guy was QB1 and in the middle of a Heisman run or something.



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ames View Post
    You'd think this guy was QB1 and in the middle of a Heisman run or something.
    LOL...I agree! 13 pages in one thread...and how many different threads is this injury mentioned in? I guess it is all part of the excitement of the big game tomorrow.



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    I agree with the OP here... at best this is a wash, I can see a win one for the gipper situation.




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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Actually the Cortez speech from 1998 wasn't a speech by coach Mac. Cortez actually wrote a letter to the team that was read before the game. I think the Buluga and Cortez things are completely different.



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Ok - who's Bulaga?



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Quote Originally Posted by larrysarmy View Post
    Roll with me for a second.

    I think it could be said an "emotional" advantage would be certainly in Iowa's favor. Remeber the "Cortez" speech from Mac in 1998...a fellow clone unable to play anymore...rallies the troops...and the rest is history.

    While that may not be the best analogy circa 2009...it is clear that the "something" to prove angle is all on Iowa.

    Which is why I believe a fast start for ISU is critical in this game. If the clones come out fast on offensive and if R Parker can spend some early time in the Iowa backfield...I feel real good about our chances.

    BUT...

    Given the emotional angle and lingering doubters....if Iowa were to strike first especially via the run...the short-term confidence for that make shift line will grow and could linger most of the game. Think about it. They just need the unit to work for one game...long term outlook may be a bit bleaker...but in this time and situation, a unit could play out of their minds - when they would have no business doing so. This game has all the makings of that happening.

    ISU should throw the kitchen sink at the left side of the line...all day long. Force them to one half of the field.

    Either way...ISU has got to start fast.
    Bulaga out would provide ISU with a significant advantage. Bulaga is a team leader and it's never good when/if he's not on the field. Furthermore, without question, he's also Iowa's best guy on the OL ... again, another reason why it's never good when he's not on the field.



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    I don't buy into the emotional win crap. Just because you know you're down a guy doesn't just make you faster, stronger, and more athletic.



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Ok - who's Bulaga?
    "Bulaga" is a type of whale common to the northern Atlantic, they are a smaller variety, respective to the genus and range from white to a light gray.



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Ok - who's Bulaga?
    Obviously the greatest player to ever play the game of football.



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Next man in!!



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    I don't buy into the emotional win crap. Just because you know you're down a guy doesn't just make you faster, stronger, and more athletic.
    Considering that the ailment is not serious (allegedly) I agree with you.

    Had it been serious, the emotional impact would have been felt.



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Ok - who's Bulaga?
    Future 1st round left tackle and best lineman at Iowa since Gallery.


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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    He is a lineman. Starting Linemen get hurt all the time, because their are 5 of them. There is no reason to think that losing 1 starter for one game will send them into an emotional hurricane that will result in them becoming stronger and blocking more effectively.

    Don't forget, we lost an Starting OL from spring who is now academically ineligible (Hicks).



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    Re: IF Bulaga is out....Advantage Iowa?

    Quote Originally Posted by isufbcurt View Post
    Actually the Cortez speech from 1998 wasn't a speech by coach Mac. Cortez actually wrote a letter to the team that was read before the game. I think the Buluga and Cortez things are completely different.
    Good post about the situations not being relevant. Wasn't Cortez ruled out of the game much earlier, if not before the season? I don't recall any stunning game week development and subsequent scrambling to juggle the lineup.



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