With five league games this weekend, ISU/Iowa in Ames wouldn't stand a chance at anything above FCS unless the game was on Thanksgiving Day.
I was going to post that the main reason is the Big 10 does not allow their football teams to play after Thanksgiving. Then I remembered Illinois played yesterday. The rule must only apply to league games.
Meaning a game against Iowa would be possible.
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State - no
Texas vs. Texas A&M - no
Kansas vs. Missouri - no
Colorado vs. Nebraska - no
Baylor vs. Texas Tech - maybe
ISU/Iowa belongs where it is, in week 2. Traditionally, the only other big games that day are Michigan/Notre Dame and one or two SEC matchups.
Last 7 years, you would have had these matchups:
2008: 2-9 vs 7-4
2007: 2-9 vs 6-5
2006: 4-7 vs 5-6
2005: 6-4 vs 7-3
2004: 6-4 vs 8-2
2003: 2-9 vs 8-3
2002: 6-6 vs 11-0
I wouldn't mind it. The biggest benefit for me is that I would only be half crocked instead of totally ****faced by kickoff.
It might effect attendance in the parking lot but certainly not inside the stadium.
As far as the bye week stuff, this was one of those years that we just didn't have one until the end of the year. It's not like it's always that way because we play Iowa early on.
Secondly, why would a conference rivalry matter more than a non-conference, except for determining where teams rank in their conference? In fact, I would think there might be a potential for more interest as the two teams are from two separate but very important, tough conferences.
Even if ISU was having a down year (as we have OCCASIONALLY been known to have :wink:) and faced the Hawks in November, we would still have the potential to take them down, as rivalry matches have an increased potential for upset. Imagine if we lost to Missouri last week but had Iowa to look forward to this week--do you think we might have a chance against a team that barely got past Minnesota? I think we could, and then just imagine what that would do for our bowl game possibilities. Imagine what people would say about which is the tougher conference.
I say, give us a season to prepare for our in-state, out-of-conference rival. Both teams will be sharper and tougher, both teams will have had all season to prepare, and it won't be long before the rivalry becomes even more intense.
The way it is now, the game does get some national attention. If it were played this weekend it would get lost in the mix. Leave it where it is, get the game over with so we all can move on to the conference season.
The bye week at Thanksgiving due to the Big 12 scheduling dept, and CPR talked about it during the season. We end up with it this year and next year; I believe CPR said it is being rotated by the Big 12, so we should not see it again for a while.
Second, it takes two to tango; both teams have to agree to it (I have no idea would agree to it or not).