College Football Poll, Past Football Rankings 1970's
Though I did have it backwards AP had Big 8 1-2-3 and coaches had ISU at 17
Besides the number of defensive players that went pro from the '76 team, when was the last time any Iowa State team, or any Big 12 team for that matter, have had two QBs from the same team get drafted. It was quite a exiting lineup to see Wayne and Buddy in the back field at the same.
For you stats guys, wasn't this offense rated in the top 3 in the country?
Another interesting stat would be how many from this ISU team were First team All Big 8? My guess (and that's all it is) is five.
11 games, 1970-95: 4 nonconf, 7 conf
11 games, 1996-2005: 3 nonconf, 8 conf
12 games, 2006-07: 4 nonconf, 8 conf
We haven't had real solid nonconference opposition in ANY winning season since the 11-game slate started...
1971 (Majors) - Idaho, New Mexico, Kent State, San Diego State (4-0 nonconf; 4-3 conf; bowl loss)
1976 (Bruce) - Drake, Air Force, Kent State, Utah (4-0; 4-3)
1977 (Bruce) - Wichita State, Iowa, Bowling Green, Dayton (3-1; 5-2; bowl loss)
1978 (Bruce) - Rice, San Diego State, Iowa, Drake (4-0; 4-3; bowl loss)
1980 (Duncan) - NE Louisiana, San Jose State, Iowa, Colorado State (4-0; 2-5)
1986 (Criner) - Iowa, Indiana State, Wichita State, Wyoming (3-1; 3-4)
1989 (Walden) - Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Tulane (2-2; 4-3)
2000 (McCarney) - Ohio, UNLV, Iowa (3-0; 5-3; bowl win)
2001 (McCarney) - UNI, Ohio, Iowa (3-0; 4-4; bowl loss)
2004 (McCarney) - UNI, Iowa, N. Illinois (2-1; 4-4; bowl win)
2005 (McCarney) - Illinois State, Iowa, Army (3-0; 4-4; bowl loss)
That's a 35-5 (.875) nonconference mark (4 losses to Iowa, 1 to Minnesota) and a 43-38 (.531) conference mark in those 11 seasons.
It is possible, however, not accurate in this case.
ISU has suffered greatly in athletics from a lack of leadership. That lack of leadership made it impossible for Jim Walden to win here. Gene Smith came in Walden's next to last year (much like JP with Mac). Gene threw out these demands, yet was unable to come up with any funds, and he certainly didn't work on selling tickets. 94 tanked, as bad as any in Iowa State history, including 03, and last year, it left no choice, we needed new leadership.
Gene found a lot of money for upgrades then, new turf, updating locker and weight rooms, the Jacobson Building, etc. It was just done for the wrong guy.
And if you look at budgets, schools like Duke, will probably make as much, if not more from bowl shares than in donations. But, then you look at A&M, and yes, they receive plenty from bowl sharing, but that is nothing compared to what they bring in for donations. I use A&M because they haven't played in a BCS game since, I don't know the year, they beat K State. And they have missed bowls with losing records.
Just wondering here...if I can get an answer instead of a 5 paragraph response of excuses on what coach has done more than any other for the football program in the last two decades?...I guess McCarney did nothing but spin facts to make himself look better in his time for ISU, but yet, when asked who has done the most for ISU since the 70's, everyone's answer is either McCarney, or a bunch of excuses and no answer.
Two decades huh??? Well ol' Danno went to all of those bowls, and of course he beat the Hawks, so of course it would have to be him. There a simple answer that you want to hear, even though his winning percentage was equivalent to the people before so it's incredibly watered down, now maybe you will stop following me around.
BTW, I find it ironic that you start every post qualifying everything with oh I know that he wasn't a very good coach, but then you spend a lot of your time on here defending what a remarkable job that he did like he gave you a kidney. So which is it, bad coach or man crush???
And then you never, like the rest of the people that defend the "job" he did, acknowledge how much more he had than any other coach. And how much worse the competition was that he was able to play than the coaches preceeding him. But those facts just don't fit into the argument.