All this talk about Iowa and their ''elite'' recruits and ISU's with their putrid recruits, yet, up until two years ago, Kirk Ferentz had a losing record to ISU. Not good for, according to hawk fans, a national title contender year after year, yet, they have never played in th etitle game. The only real shot they had (2002), a year they could have at least shared a National title had they not LOST to ISU. In the end, it wouldn't have mattered, but ISU fans are sick of listening to Iowa fans and the fairy tale land they live in.
we as isu fans may want to just shut up with these comparisons until we actually show a pulse on the field. just sayin'
furthermore, to the debate about the gap closing and who recruits better. i think the whole argument is pretty moot. i would say nearly all iowa kids have a favorite between iowa and isu before they are ever recruited, and only in the rarest situations switch allegiances or are neutral prior to recruiting. if the #1 kid goes to iowa he likely never going to pick isu and visa versa
naturally, iowa usually gains early allegiance in this battle because of their larger fan base, better team (currently) and history. it has been and likely always will be harder for isu to recruit within this state until we actually rise above doormat status in the big 12.
this is not an apples to apples debate and to assume so is foolish on both sides.
I think if you look at the comparison I made, it was pretty fair. For crying out loud, I even had iowa fans agree. And the few intelligent iowa fans that are out there realize that LB was their downfall last year. They lost two NFL caliber players and did not replace them well. Then they had a ton of injuries which led to a true frosh seeing significant minutes. That is something they have not done in a long, long time. It is a fact that their depleted LB corp was not good in pass coverage. Teams like NW, tOSU, WIisc and Minny ate them up. It was the the biggest reason for their slide and disappointing season.
Miller had a tigerhawk painted on his bedroom wall. In the past, a player like him would have waited for an iowa offer or even walked on before going to ISU. Not so much anymore. So your point is somewhat valid but the fact that kids that grow up hooks are now choosing ISU is a reason some of us think times are changing.
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