Greg McElroy: 'Ludicrous' to call Iowa State football a top-four team

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"5 of their 9 wins were decided by a TD or less"

First of all it was 4 of the 9 unless I'm looking at something wrong. And of those four, one was against OU and the other was at Texas. Hell the other two were at TCU and a big come from behind game against Baylor after playing like dog **** the first half.

What a lazy take
 

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More bulletin board material. Great.

Next week that idiot will clamor for more parity and a larger playoff and whine about how boring it is always having the same teams in the CFP. Whatever.
 
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Don't disagree with him. It's ludicrous to even have a top 4 before playing any games at all.
I would usually agree, but when a team is in that general neighborhood, and hardly loses any players from the previous team, I think that's legit (see Baylor and Gonzaga in basketball, as they went nearly wire to wire at the top).
 

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Honestly, in the context of the whole article, I don't think what he said is really all that outrageous or insulting to us. I don't necessarily agree with him, but he didn't go out of his way to mock us or call us a bad program unworthy of being ranked or anything.

I think it's the kind of headline that will induce more rage and fist-shaking then it really deserves, IMO.
 

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Eh, the intent of the pre-pre-pre season Top whatever lists is to generate additional articles like the McElroy one...makes folks go back to the original article. That being said, ISU certainly can claim a spot in the Top 4...the season will prove whether they belong (or not).
 

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Don't disagree with him. It's ludicrous to even have a top 4 before playing any games at all.
That top 4 wasn’t voted on, it’s FPI based. Also, McElroy didn’t say it’s dumb to have a top 4, it’s just dumb to have Iowa State in it.
 
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If I am honest, I think we are a top 10 team but I would not have us in the preseason top 4. With all the players we have returning, we should be dominate. A dominate blowout victory against Iowa would shut some people up. That being said, I don't really like Greg McElroy.
 

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I don't know why it is so hard for even their own analysts to understand that no one is calling ISU a top 4 team. It's a predictive rating system. It's not biased. It's based on numbers. You may disagree with the model, but at least base your argument around that fact rather than calling straw men "ludicrous".
 

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The target on our backs is large this year. Outside of being the team that other teams look at for a Top 10 upset win, there are going to be a lot of people rooting for us to fail to prove they were right. Most college football fans may have casually rooted for us last year due to our history, but the underdog label was ripped off when we got ranked in front of Ohio State.
 

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Read it a few minutes ago. Honestly it's exactly the type of billboard stuff this team needs to maintain focus.
I've been thinking about expectations and I honestly want them to be motivated during lifting/spring ball....then hyper focused as fall hits.

They are kids, so they'll see Twitter, GameDay, ESPN and all the chatter. I love our staff and their calm/expect to win attitudes and each week we will be favored (maybe not OU)....so blocking other noise (or choosing to use it) will be a unique challenge as the CFB hype train keeps.rolling!

Side note, if we are top 5 going into season...I want to open with a 20 pt win vs UNI. ☺