This doesn't seem too far off with the schedule that is coming up. Do I expect better, yes, but I wouldn't be shocked with a 4/5 finish in the North. I was more shocked by his blog yesterday about the 15 players to watch in the Big XII in 2010, four RBs but no mention of Arob, he even left him out of a chat question that asked for his RBs to watch.
The following year is when our shedule is a *****. Winnable games on the road and the really tough games at home.
Pretty sure Kansas doesn't play Texas, Oklahoma, or Texas Tech next year. That's probably why some are predicting them to finish higher than most people would expect.
This guy has us finishing 5th in the North but finishing last in the Big 12...:confused:
Also what's up with KSU?
Our schedule will be our downfall. I have no idea what we were thinking with having this schedule? We aren't fighting for a national championsip, so our strength of schedule won't mean jack squat. So why make it nearly impossible to get back to a bowl game? I don't get it?
We probably won't be back to a bowl game until 2012. I hope not, but I'm prepared for it. Afterall, we are ISU. Just when we get halfway decent again, our schedule is one of the toughest in the country for the next two years. Gotta love it!! Another kick to the groin.
kansas will have a big fall-mr gill is not the coach that mangino was.
On topic, this guy, picking us behind KU, KSU and CU, is a ******. Plus, IMO, Tech is going to experience some of the worst transition pains around. it may take them a couple years (long enough for the schedule to flip, for those worried about that sort of thing) to be decent again, and I'm still not convinced that's a given.
KU will finsh last this year...lol i cant believe he put them infront of us...
It's obvious that this dingleberry has done about as much research when it comes to ISU as every other national outlet. It seems he's picking us at the bottom because we have "only four starters returning" on defense.
Really? Let's have a look. Here is the depth chart from the Insight Bowl. Underclassmen are denoted in bold, departed players in italics:
Patrick Neal, So.
Bailey Johnson, Jr.
Nate Frere, Sr.
Christopher Lyle, Sr.
Josh Raven, Sr.
Jesse Smith, Sr.
*Fred Garrin, Sr.
Leonard Johnson, So.
David Sims, Jr.
Ter'ran Benton, So.
James Smith, Sr.
*Kennard Banks, Sr.
(Since we play a LOT of Nickel, I've listed Garrin as 3rd LB and Banks, who started most of the season. Benton was usually the Nickel Back)
That's five starters returning. However, if we look at players who got starting experience last year, we add...
Rashawn Parker, Sr. (medical redshirt) - NDSU, Iowa, Kent St., Army
Austin Alburtis, Jr. - NDSU, Iowa, Kent St.
Stephen Ruempolhamer, So. - Army, KSU
Michael O'Connell, Jr. - NDSU, Kent St., Texas A&M, OSU, CU
Zac Sandvig, Jr. - Texas A&M
Parker would have started all season over Neal or Lyle. O'Connell played quite a bit of time when Smith and Benton were injured. Add Rony Nelson (fingers crossed) for a pass rush and Anthony Young to step up in place of Kennard Banks and the only real, gaping issue is the linebackers. This team is nowhere near as green as Ubben thinks.
Mizzou will be interesting to see how they develop, their only big spark on defense is gone(weatherspoon) their already shaky defense could get much worse. And the offense still won't have a run game, and with the big play receiver(Alexander) gone, you have to wonder if Gabbert won't have worse numbers.