Also, ISUFB, please do not ever change your avatar.
* don't hunt me down if that's your wife or something
Oregon State is undefeated and 4/5 wins are from AQ conferences. You would be surprised where ISU would be had it not lost to Tech.
Let them enjoy their time there. It won't last long.
The only reason they are underdogs is because they lost their qb. Are they the 10th best team in the nation? Probably not, but who gives a ****. Why do people care so much about the rankings seven weeks into the season???
OP, I thought the same thing when I saw their name scroll across the bottom last night while watching a terrible Colorado team.
You are not alone...(somebody que the MJ)
OSU is ranked #10 despite being OSU. Kudos to them. But, at this point in the year it is pretty worthless.
Someone brought up Colorado.
Looks like we cleaned a lot of dead weight out of the conference.
A little bit ironic that we as Cyclone fans should question this, since they are going through the exact same scenario as we did in 2002. Average to above average talent, play a vastly overrated team to begin the year and get the nations attention by keeping it close (in this case, OSU won), and then take care of business in the next few weeks against teams with similiar talent.
Part of the reason Oregon State is a little more quick to get respect than Iowa State is because recently, they have had much more success on the field. OSU went from 1971 to 1998 without a winning season (including 9 years of winning only 1 or ZERO games) - a far longer futility streak than Iowa State has ever had. Dennis Erickson took over the program in 1999 and went 7-5, going to a small bowl. The next year, their only loss was by 3 at #11 Washington. They ended up 11-1, beat Notre Dame badly (41-9) in the Fiesta Bowl, tied for the Pac 10 championship, and were ranked #4 in the final poll. Sinc 1999, Oregon State has had nine winning seasons, gone to nine bowl games, and earned a 6-3 record in those bowls. In that span, they've also had four seasons of 9 or more wins (two 9 win seasons, one 10, and one 11).
If Iowa State would have had a history similar to that over the last fourteen seasons, we would be getting a little more respect than what we are from the pollsters. Although, ultimately, none of that really matters. All we have to do is keep winning, knocking off some big dogs along the way, and maintain a few seasons of success like we have not seen up to this point, and we will get noticed earlier in the season. It takes time and consistency to make a name for yourself in the football world.