I know it's weird, but my official prediction has ISU at 3 wins: NDSU, Army and an upset over BU. Original prediction but I'm sticking to it.
The Kent St, Kansas St and CU games seem too much like "How can we find a way to lose them?" games, but certainly the opportunities are there to get Ws.
But, I also think that Dan and Chizik would have won more games than they did (in their first season) with the 2009 talent.
And, I hold CPR to a high standard and expect big things.
And, I really want to be optimistic!!!!
thats why i voted 5 wins
Just by looking at the poll, most Cyclone fans would consider this a successful season.
I'd say making 94% of any population happy by their own measure is a tremendous success.
I'm not expecting victories against Utah, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech. Both UNI teams and the Big 12 North are beatable, but I don't expect to sweep it all. I'm sayin' 5, give or take a game.
Wow. A number of folks were right on the money!
I thought this was as good a place as any to thank Coach Rhoads for an exciting season, and thank the team for their outstanding effort through trials, tribulation, and injuries.
Thank you too, Jamie Pollard, for believing in this man and his vision for the future at Iowa State.
Great job to Coach Rhoads, his staff and to these resilient players! Blew my expectations out of the water (3-9, haha) and created some much needed excitement throughout this fan base.
Since Snyder didn't steal the North, Rhoads would undoubtedly get my vote for Big 12 coach of the year. Brown, Gundy and Snyder deserve credit, but in no way did they have the improbable season ISU did. In case someone is on the fence...Along with becoming bowl-eligible, ISU BEAT A VERY DECENT CORNHUSKER TEAM IN LINCOLN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER THREE DECADES!!!:jiggy:
These threads are always interesting to revisit.
I especially like all the posts from the Bears fans.
And according to the poll, only about 6% of fans on this site should be unhappy right now.
What is more exciting to me than the final record is the fact that we had reasonable excitement in the 4th quarter of 3 other games. We get over that hump next season, and we are in great shape.
Already looking ahead to next season and the schedule, I think a lot of us would be VERY happy with 6 wins next year.
Reasonably, before the season, I thought ISU would have gone 6-6... hell, they could have gone 6-6 last season if it weren't for the epic season meltdown following the loss to Baylor. But I was prepared for a struggling year, and luckily, there was more to cheer about than to be upset about.