I know we have a HUGE bowl game coming up and I think we win this game on December 30 against Rutgers. Not to make our 2011 campaign less important but I wanted to point out the next year's schedule to you all, maybe a predict a little as well. What do you all think? Sep 1: Tulsa, a Bowl team with a 8-4 record with a bowl game against BYU, their losses came to Oklahoma (L 14-47), Oklahoma State (L 33-59), Boise State (L 21-41), and Houston (L 16-48). It will be tough but ISU should win it with all their returning starters. The reason is the rest of Tulsa's matchups were ALL CUPCAKES this year. Their bowl date with BYU will be very telling as far as how big of an opponent they truly are. Sep 8: at Iowa, its a MUST WIN in my opinion - not just because I am an ISU fan and I want Iowa to lose against ISU. I just think that ISU has a LOT TO LOSE if they lose to Iowa than the other way around. If we beat Tulsa and get into 2012 with some pre season consideration in rankings, losing to Iowa will hurt us. I think we can come away with a victory with 2 QBs and 4 good RBs, hopefully all healthy at that point. Sep 15: Western Illinois - Win Sep 29: at Texas after "a Bye week". DING DING! This game is very important for the Cyclones. We have a chance to break into top 20 with a win over Texas. I understand that Texas is the old Texas any more especially if they have some more of coaching shuffles at the end of this season. However, the media will find a way to rank them pre-season and beating them would mean us getting ranked, hopefully in the top 20. Oct 6: Baylor - Win (Without Griffin and Ganaway?, this is a win at home) Oct 13: Missouri's replacement. Depending on who takes this place, we need to BRING IT because this is a home game and let's just say THE 2012 CYCLONES PROTECTS JTS at least until the Oklahoma game I say its a Loss, however. As a Cyclone, we cannot expect a 6-0 record, can we? Oct 20: at TCU. I am considering this a loss, especially because its time to get the 6th victory to go bowling and ISU may need a few tries - nothing wrong with that. Also, with a loss we might have just slipped away from Top 25 but that's no big deal. We will crack it again Oct 27: Tech at home. We Win. Let's go bowling!!! Nov 3: at Kansas We win. Our 7th win. The LUCKY SEVEN, Thank you Kansas! You serve a good purpose. Nov 10: Oklahoma. Now this HAS GOT TO BE Paul Rhoads' "THE SIGNIFICANT WIN" of 2012. Remember coach Rhoads has been playing around the digit SEVEN for quite sometime. This win will get him over the hump. Oklahoma at home gives us the 8th win. We need it because guess what happens next... Nov 17: at Oklahoma State. I won't even mention it Nov 24: Now this is where we get our 9th win. Bill Snyder, if I were you I would be scared and put more diapers on than the usual amount. Rhoads tried three times. All three times were away from home. I cannot believe how on God's green earth we didn't get KSU at home this year. But the wait is over. We kill Snyder and name our future stadium - the Rhoads Stadium with a win here Yes, my friends. This is how we give us a chance to win the 10th game in a bowl game next year. Now Rhoads, with a 6-2 conference record possible with an improved Barnett, healthy Shontrelle/Hollis/Woody/White, MONSTEROUS Knott & Klein Combo and all the supporting casts you will be a coach that EVERYONE talks about. 2012 is the year for you. Rhoads, we love and believe in you. Let's make it happen. But first thing first. Let's beat the RUTRUTTERS and bring on 2012. God, I can't wait for 12-30-11!!!! GO CLONES!!!