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    The Sporting News Report: On all things ISU

    Here's my recap of the Sporting News' 2010 College Football Preview.

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    Re: The Sporting News Report: On all things ISU

    The Worst Road Trip award? Iowa State (in November).
    As an Ames resident, I take offense to that. Ames is beautiful in November. What’s not to like? Oh you think it’s cold? It’s called a change in season Sporting News. That’s normal you know? Besides, who doesn’t like going out in campustown on a cold November night, watching sorority girls run around in skirts like it is 80 degrees out. Good times. I love Ames. I would have given Ames in November the “Best Road Trip” award. We keep it real at Iowa State.
    As someone who was once an Ames resident, I'm not sure why you would continue to take offense to that. I mean, after ~15 years of Big 12 conference play, you have to realize there's a reason why Texas, A&M, and now Oklahoma refuse to play in Ames in November - it can get BRUTALLY cold. I remember a day game at JTS against Kansas the last game of the season (I forget whether it was '97 or '98) when I don't think the gametime high reached 20 degrees. Instead of always taking offense to no one wanting to play in Ames in November, we should be wearing that claim on our sleeve like a badge of honor and with a chip on our shoulder.


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    Re: The Sporting News Report: On all things ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Instead of always taking offense to no one wanting to play in Ames in November, we should be wearing that claim on our sleeve like a badge of honor and with a chip on our shoulder.
    That's all well and good but unless we get to use it to our advantage against Texas and OU then its about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.



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    Re: The Sporting News Report: On all things ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    As someone who was once an Ames resident, I'm not sure why you would continue to take offense to that. I mean, after ~15 years of Big 12 conference play, you have to realize there's a reason why Texas, A&M, and now Oklahoma refuse to play in Ames in November - it can get BRUTALLY cold. I remember a day game at JTS against Kansas the last game of the season (I forget whether it was '97 or '98) when I don't think the gametime high reached 20 degrees. Instead of always taking offense to no one wanting to play in Ames in November, we should be wearing that claim on our sleeve like a badge of honor and with a chip on our shoulder.
    You're exactly right, jdoggivjc. The only problem is that as long as Texas makes all conferece decisions, you'll never see the Longhorns come to Ames when the possibility of adverse weather exists. Too risky...and we can't have that!



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    Temperature is all what you get used to. I can no longer stand to visit Iowa after August because it's simply too cold for my likes. Don't get me wrong the first summer I lived in TX about killed me, but now it's just what I'm used to.



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    Another 20 years of global warming and rising ocean levels and Iowa will have the best climate and geography...people will flock to the upper midwest in droves to escape both the heat and flooding and ISU will rule the day!



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    Re: The Sporting News Report: On all things ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    Here’s how the Sporting News ranks every opponent on Iowa State’s 2010 slate.
    Northern Illinois – 49th
    Iowa – 13th
    KSU - 85th
    Northern Iowa – Sporting News predicts the Panthers to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley standings.
    Texas Tech – 36th
    Utah – 22nd
    Oklahoma – 10th
    Texas – 9th
    Kansas – 31st
    Nebraska – 7th
    Colorado – 74th
    Missouri – 33rd
    I disagree with ISU being as low as 82nd ... but assuming the rest of those rankings are in the ballpark, it pretty much works with my gut-level forecast

    Wins: NIU, KSU, UNI, KU, Colorado.

    (although KU at 31 and NIU at 49 would be considered "big upsets" if SN is right.)


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    Re: The Sporting News Report: On all things ISU

    I think that the part that irks me the most about that article was the fact that they had ISU regressing. I understand the schedule is tougher, and yes we lost alot of experience on D but really? They think we will be WORSE in year 2 of a new coaching regime? But Kansas will be equal to last year when it appears that they lost just as much (or more) of their key elements AND they have a new coach, I dont get it. It seems that ISU gets little to no credit for a Sr QB, experienced OL and RB but gets docked hard for lack of talent and experience on DL/LB. Our DB's will be as good or better than most in the north.

    Oh well, better to overacheive than underacheive I guess


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    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post
    That's all well and good but unless we get to use it to our advantage against Texas and OU then its about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
    I know Texas and OU don't like coming up here in November, but OSU and TT may not have a choice, and KU, K-State, and MU CERTAINLY don't have a choice - and you know those 5 schools aren't going to like playing games below freezing when they're used to playing games at 50 degrees or above...


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    CW I completely agree with you about the absurdity with the KU lovefest. Briscoe/Meyer/Reesing did EVERYTHING for KU the past few season. Sure Jake Sharp would rip of a few runs but without Reesing (even keeping Briscoe and Meyer) we'd have easily beaten KU the past 2 seasons.

    I can't wait for them to go 4-8 or something like that.


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    Question CW, what were the positives (reasons) TSN cited for Kansas being ranked so high? TSN is a reliable source of sports news; I used to be a regular subscriber when I lived overseas and got excellent insights on what was happening "stateside" in sports. I'm sure their beat writer has some good reasons for his/her evaluation of Kansas football. The only other reasonable explanation is the beat writer is a KU alumnus.


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