I think the Iowa game should be a little higher up on the list.
1. Last year at Iowa the clones were beating them up, the play calling cost them that game.
2. It will be Jake's first real road game (soldier field will have more hawk fans that NIU fans).
3. ISU will be bringing a new style to the game, it may be tough for Iowa to game plan against the clones.
4. ISU just plays well in this game over the past 10 years.
It's hard to get a good read on the KU game with so many questions yet to be answered.
At first glance, KU has some reasons to feel confident. They tend to play well at home. They have defeated us 3 out of the last 4 with our one win being a squeaker.
From ISU's point, I like where the game fits in the schedule. The staff will continue to develope the Jucos and inexperienced players throughout the season. The teams could very well be going in opposite directions at that point in the season. It's not unreasonable to expect ISU to be coming off some type of win streak (KSU & CU) while KU might be lucky to win any of their 4 prior games. It's the final regular game for ISU's Srs while KU still has a border war with MU the following week.
A final point is hopefully the team will be healthier than they were in last year's game due to Shep's S&C program and a little bit of good fortune. Milon Moses had one of his better games, but it might have helped to have Blythe, Davis, and dare I say Hicks available.
1.UNI- they're still a 1AA team
2.Kent State- picked to win the MAC East
3.Colorado- they've got talent but last year was BAD
4.Iowa- when are people going to figure out they just aren't as good as they've been?
5.at Toledo- dangerous place for BCS conference teams to play
6.Kansas State- went to a bowl last year in Prince's first year
7.at Kansas- was an OT loss to NU and 1 pt loss to Baylor away from winning the North
8.at Texas Tech- loses lots of starters so they might be iffy
9.at Missouri- my pick to win the North
10.at Nebraska- we almost never win there
11.Texas- hopefully Chiz knows something we can exploit
12.Oklahoma- best team we've played in four years
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