Can someone explain road games against UNLV, KENT STATE!, and Connecticut?
Utah and Connecticut are expected to be marquee programs in their conferences by that time. Playing the marquee mid-majors on their field is easier to pitch for TV. If you notice, the ESPN Thursday night games prior to conference seasons kicking off usually feature a BCS school going into a mid-major stadium. Had the ISU-Army game been in Jack Trice, that game does not get TV coverage because ISU does not have a contract with ESPN and Fox is not all that interested in promoting the academies, being a west coast entity.
Should we play schedules like Nebraska - and not play a road game until week 5? Then when they hit a road game, it's a big shock.
Nah, mix these in early - it's a good thing for the team.
I would like see us drop the D-1AA teams. It just discredits your season and IF we are going to play a D-1AA team then it needs to be UNI and UNI only. I am not thrilled to see us play North and South Dakota State. Play Iowa, Two D-1A teams in mid-major conference and then play one team from an BCS conference. It can even be really weak BCS teams like Mississippi State or something. I love the 2011 schedule. They all need to be like that.
I would really like to see ISU play these mid-major teams in an NFL stadium or another neutral sight. Schedule a mid-major team from Texas (SMU, North Texas, TCU) and play them in at a neutal sight in Texas. This could be a huge recruiting bost, especially with how we focus recruiting on Texas.