Sorry, some of the guys on here get a bit too defensive sometimes.
I think this shapes up to be a really good game. We can talk strengths and weaknesses all day, but we wont really know until they hit the field.
I think we match up pretty well with RU, and I like our chances, but Schiano is a really good coach and they have some very good athletes on their team. "Like Kevin Garnett, 'Anything is possible!'"
As for my thoughts, I think ISU will establish the ball control offense and limit RUs possesions. If we can keep from making costly turnovers I think we can control the clock. RU will then need to go to the air, which I believe is a strength of their offense. I think our DBs should be able to match up well. Also, I've heard from RU fans on here that your OL is less than stellar. I am hoping that give out less than stellar DL a chance to put some pressure on whatever QB is out there.
Overall it should be a good game and I like our chances. I'm not going to give a score prediction, because I am always wrong, but I think we win by a touchdown.
In case you're wondering about the B12 non-con record vs BCS teams...
TCU - W 50-48 (not BCS but notable)
Iowa - W 44-41 3OT
@ UConn - W 24-20
@ Georgia Tech - L 66-24
@ Miami (FL) - W 28-24
@ Arizona St - L 37-30 OT
@ Florida State - W 23-13
Arizona - W 37-14
BYU - W 17-16 (not BCS but notable)
@ UCLA - W 49-20
Arkansas - L 42-38
No BCS non-con games
The B12 record versus just the BCS teams (doesn't include TCU & BYU) in non-conference games: 6-3
The thing I agreed with is that most years the Big East is better than it's given credit for, and the lack of credit given the Big East is largely due to them not having a juggernaut program.
However, the last 2 years the Big East has been as bad as advertised.
I think it comes down to quantity vs. quality. They have the quantity when it comes to wins, but we have the quality. His statement about us not being impressive is nothing but east coast bias at it's worst. Even Chris pointed out to him just how difficult our schedule is in relation to the rest of the country and he still kind of passes it off. I think Schiano (sp?) and the rest of RU nation would **** themselves if their upcoming schedule looked like ours.
RU is not a bad team, but they certainly don't have anything on ISU...especially this year.
Let's go Cyclones! Show them what playing in a real conference is all about. Beat 'em!
So Cinci beat a decent NCState team
Louisville beat 5-7 Kentucky in a rivalry game
USF beat Notre Dame in a shocker to start the season, won 4 straight, and then went 1-7 the rest of the season to end up at 5-7.
Syracuse beat a very average Wake Forest team, at home, in overtime, but ended up 5-7 losing 5 straight to end the season.
And last but not least, co-conference champion WVU beat eventual 2-10 Maryland by 6.
When I look at the Big East standings it always perplexes me. Even the bottom 3 teams in the conference (UCONN, USF, and SYR) had 5-7 records. It makes you think that the Big East is a really competitive league since almost everyone was eligible for a bowl.
But then you look at the conference standings and see that USF and SYR have 1-6 conference records. USFs only conference win was against... SYR and SYR had a shocker win against WVA.
I think, if you are going to have 5 non-conference games, then you should almost be required by the league to have at least two, if not more BCS non-con games. It has to kill their TV deal to only play 7 conference games and have a bunch of patsies in the non-con.
1. West Virginia [9-3]:
Lost vs #2 LSU [13-0] (at the time) 21-47
Won @ Maryland [2-10] 37-31
Faces #15 Clemson [10-3] in the Orange bowl
2. Cincinnati [9-3]:
Lost @ Tennesse [5-7] (lost key offensive starters after this game for the season largely accounting for their poor performance in the SEC) 23-45
Won vs North Carolina State [8-5] 44-14
Faces Vanderbilt [6-6] in the Liberty bowl
3. Louisville [7-6]:
Won @ Kentucky [5-7] 24-17
Lost @ North Carolina [7-6] 14-7
Lost vs North Carolina State [8-5] 24-31 in the Belk bowl
4. Rutgers [8-4]:
Lost @ North Carolina [7-6] 22-24 (with a blown review of a goal line TD run against us due to "technical difficulties")
Faces Iowa State [6-6] in the Pinstripe bowl
5. Pittsburgh [6-6]:
Lost @ Iowa [7-5] 27-31
Lost vs Notre Dame [8-4] 12-15
Lost vs Utah [7-5] 14-26
Faces SMU [7-5] in the BBVA Compass bowl
6. Connecticut [5-7]:
Lost @ Vanderbilt [6-6] 21-24
Lost vs Iowa St [6-6] 20-24
7. South Florida [5-7]:
Won @ Notre Dame [8-4] 23-20
Lost vs Miami(FL) [6-6] 3-6
8. Syracuse [5-7]:
Won vs Wake Forest [6-6] 36-29
Lost @ USC [10-2] 17-38
So by my calculations the BE has 20 OOC BCS games this season...
Of those played we are 5-12 with 3 more still needed to be played (Iowa St, Vanderbilt, Clemson). It certainly was a down year for the Big East (as was last year)...
I predict a Texas Tech-esque beatdown and anything less will be a disappointment!
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Pat Forde picked ISU.
I really hope that with a healthy White and a healthier O-line than we have had all year, that our offense is able to move the ball on their smaller, quick defense. Hopefully, we are able to push them off the line and run a lot to control the game. I expect our defense will be ready (why would anyone think otherwise with Wally) and I expect a few surprises in special teams that we have done all year. It is nice not hoping a play will work in the bowl game because we know fakes and on-side kicks have worked during the regular year. I just see this as a game we could control from the beginning. I would also like to see a series to demoralize that defense in the first half. I would like to see the hand off to Woody repeatedly like against OSU and KU. Just run him off the left side 8 or 9 plays in a row. If they really are "undersized", Woody could just hit them and fall forward for 3 or 4 yards.
I want to see L. Johnson matched up against another all conference WR. This is something to look forward too. Also, Reeves and the safties playing to control the rest of the WR's. OSU went at Reeves twice in the end zone, and he won the battle both times. Will RU be better than those athletes?