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    Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    We have to be top 5 toughest schedule, I can't imagine anyone else running this kind of gauntlet.

    Could be 7 top 25 teams in here.....

    I can't find any strength of schedule rankings out yet...

    Northern Illinois Ames, Iowa
    Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa
    Kansas State at Kansas City, Mo
    Northern Iowa Ames, Iowa
    Texas Tech (Family Weekend) Ames, Iowa
    Utah Ames, Iowa
    Oklahoma at Norman, Okla
    Texas at Austin, Texas
    Kansas (Homecoming) Ames, Iowa
    Nebraska Ames, Iowa
    Colorado at Boulder, Colo.
    Missouri Ames, Iowa



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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    Let's see how this thing plays out but we could end up playing 4 top 10 teams and 7 top 25. I would like to find a team with a schedule like that. It will be a doozy. A bowl game would be a great accomplishment.


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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneluke80 View Post
    We have to be top 5 toughest schedule, I can't imagine anyone else running this kind of gauntlet.

    Could be 7 top 25 teams in here.....

    I can't find any strength of schedule rankings out yet...

    Northern Illinois Ames, Iowa
    Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa
    Kansas State at Kansas City, Mo
    Northern Iowa Ames, Iowa
    Texas Tech (Family Weekend) Ames, Iowa
    Utah Ames, Iowa
    Oklahoma at Norman, Okla
    Texas at Austin, Texas
    Kansas (Homecoming) Ames, Iowa
    Nebraska Ames, Iowa
    Colorado at Boulder, Colo.
    Missouri Ames, Iowa
    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    Let's see how this thing plays out but we could end up playing 4 top 10 teams and 7 top 25. I would like to find a team with a schedule like that. It will be a doozy. A bowl game would be a great accomplishment.
    I really don't think it is as tough as all that.

    Iowa will be ranked for the game, but is that going to turn into '05 all over again where Iowa was supposed to be good and wasn't?

    I have a hard time believing Tech is going to be that good this year because of the coaching change. I could see Tech struggle with it. They were never solidly ranked last year, they won't be ranked this year. It is possible that they may be one of if not the worse team in the South.

    Utah won't be as good either. They will likely remain ranked for much of the season, but it won't be a high ranking.

    Texas will be good, but not top 5 good and I really don't know if they will be top 10 good.

    Nebraska won't be as good without their defense.

    People thought the big 12 was weak last year I think it will be worse this year.

    The black horse in all this I think is Oklahoma. They might be the best team, or they might be average again.



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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    Bottom line, the team could play lights out and end up being anywhere from 4-7 wins depending on how the luck and plays roll out.

    Discussed this with a coach last night and it was interesting to see they shared the opinion.



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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    we could have a better team this year than last and have 4-5 wins. Of course, we could have the same team as this year and have 6-7 wins.

    On paper, 6 wins looks very doable.... seven wins is within reach.

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    I'm pretty darn excited for this upcoming season! This staff and team have me more excited than ever!


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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    not top 5. but tough nonetheless.


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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    On "name" alone it might look Top 5, but as others have said, a lot of these teams are going to have some of their weaker seasons (UT, TT), and while they're still better than us, they aren't necessarily world beaters either.


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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    On "name" alone it might look Top 5, but as others have said, a lot of these teams are going to have some of their weaker seasons (UT, TT), and while they're still better than us, they aren't necessarily world beaters either.
    That's why i said it could be. Texas could be top 5. If Nebraska's defense is still what they say it will be they could even be top 5. Iowa will probably be around 10 when we play them and Utah could be a BCS school. Oklahoma is a wildcard but they are still Oklahoma and could be really good. I think TT is down but they will be a respectable team. I just don't think there are many teams out there with a schedule, based on what we know now that looks as tough as ours.


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    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    we could have a better team this year than last and have 4-5 wins. Of course, we could have the same team as this year and have 6-7 wins.

    On paper, 6 wins looks very doable.... seven wins is within reach.

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    Totally agree with the last sentence, keep.

    I think it will be payback time for KSU AND Kansas. I think the Clones will have a good shot at Nebraska. For some reason I have a good feeling about the Missouri game, as well. And Colorado? Phhhtt! I see a win out there as well.

    The pivotal games are Utah and UNI. I think UNI will be tough to beat. I know they lose a bunch of players, but they have a good system in place up there.



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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    we will be playing 4 top 10 teams... nebraska, texas, ou, iowa, and other top 25 teams for sure... missou, utah, maybe others...



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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    That's why i said it could be. Texas could be top 5. If Nebraska's defense is still what they say it will be they could even be top 5. Iowa will probably be around 10 when we play them and Utah could be a BCS school. Oklahoma is a wildcard but they are still Oklahoma and could be really good. I think TT is down but they will be a respectable team. I just don't think there are many teams out there with a schedule, based on what we know now that looks as tough as ours.
    The bolded part is the only part I would disagree with you. I can see Iowa being ranked fifth or better. It always seems two Big 10 teams are ranked in the top 5 in the preseason. Ohio State will be one of those teams. Iowa should be the other. It all depends if those voting believe Iowa is better than Penn State. I personally think the Hawks are, but my vote doesn't count.



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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    Excited to see what this program can do in year 2. Paul definitely knows how to motivate and we finished with momentum. Offense should be better because the system isn't brand new and hopefully our guys will be healthy. The receivers must step it up this year, period.

    Defensively we could be a mess, but I thought we would be a mess last season and while still not good/great - that group was far, far better than most of us thought.

    Football season can't get here soon enough.



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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    Every "good" team on our schedule will be weaker this year compared to last. The only exception being Oklahoma.

    TT - down
    UT - down
    Iowa - even to down
    Utah - down
    Nebbie - down
    KU - down
    Mizzou - even to down
    OU - even to up



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    Re: Toughest schedule in nation for 2010?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrocks View Post
    The bolded part is the only part I would disagree with you. I can see Iowa being ranked fifth or better. It always seems two Big 10 teams are ranked in the top 5 in the preseason. Ohio State will be one of those teams. Iowa should be the other. It all depends if those voting believe Iowa is better than Penn State. I personally think the Hawks are, but my vote doesn't count.
    Iowa won't be top 5 preseason. The only person that I've seen project Iowa that highly is Kirk Herbstreit, and that was before Iowa lost Bulaga/Spievey. My best guess says Iowa will be rated somewhere between 7-10 preseason, and I think Nebraska will be rated about one spot behind Iowa. My initial top 15 (before looking intensively at rosters) would look like this:

    1. Ohio State (assuming Terrelle Pryor stays healthy, he is having some knee issues right now)
    2. Alabama
    3. Boise State
    4. Oregon
    5. Oklahoma
    6. Texas
    7. TCU
    8. Iowa
    9. Nebraska
    10. Florida
    11. USC
    12. Virginia Tech
    13. LSU
    14. Wisconsin
    15. Oregon State

    I'd put Utah somewhere between 15-20, so that means that ISU will likely play (IMO) 4 teams in the preseason top 10, and 5 teams in the preseason top 20. I think that Mizzou/Texas Tech have top 25 potential (my guess is that both probably won't be top 25), so I'd guess ISU plays 6 teams rated at least in the top 25.



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