Posts Tagged ‘Iowa State’
By Paul Myerberg // Sep 18, 2012
As an accompanying post to today’s re-ranking, here’s the entire F.B.S. conference breakdown in terms of average P.S.R. 1-124 ranking. It’s not entirely fair to include the Independent programs among the true conferences, seeing that there’s only four Independent teams, but it does give a slight slice-of-life taste of where that quartet stands in the big picture. The listings include the average ranking, highest team ranking and number of teams in the top 25 in parentheses. Without further ado:
Tags: A.C.C., Arkansas, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Conference USA, Independent, Iowa State, MAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, Texas Tech, WAC
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 9, 2012
Well, when your marquee win comes against Vanderbilt, as highly as we all think of the Commodores, you haven’t had a good day. It was a terrible day for the Big Ten, actually – one of the conference’s worst non-conference weekends in recent memory, trumping last weekend, which was defined by only one bad loss, not multiple losses. It was one weak game after another, beginning at noon, gaining steam around midday and then culminating, at nearly midnight, by an unforgivably bad performance from a program once defined by the pride it took in getting stops on the defensive side of the ball. From this entire group, a clutch of sour showings tinged with feel-good victories, two losses stand out above the rest.
Tags: Bo Pelini, Danny O'Brien, Iowa, Iowa State, Johnathan Franklin, Michigan State, Montee Ball, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon State, Rex Burkhead, Sean Mannion, Taylor Martinez, U.C.L.A., Vanderbilt, Wisconsin
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 8, 2012
Let’s not beat around the bush: this isn’t a great week. I mean, it’s great – better than what we’re used to, better than any non-football weekend – but it’s not great, all things considered. There’s no Michigan and Alabama to end the night; there’s no prime-time game on ABC at all, in fact. Instead, we’ll close our night with Nebraska and U.C.L.A., Georgia and Missouri and, later on, Arizona and Oklahoma State. Very, very intriguing games. But with perhaps the exception of Georgia, depending on how highly you think of the Bulldogs, these games don’t carry any title implications. That doesn’t make the games any less interesting – or change the fact that every game, especially while teams find their footing, carries some level of importance. Let’s run down the entire weekend’s action.
Tags: Alec Lemon, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Bill O'Brien, Caleb TerBush, Colorado, Colorado State, Corey Robinson, Dan Mullen, Danny Hope, Duke, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, George O'Leary, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, James Franklin, Jim Mora, Jon Embree, Ka'Deem Carey, Kansas State, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Maryland, Matt Barkley, Matt Scott, Miami (Fla.), Michael Rocco, Middle Tennessee State, Mike London, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Phillip Sims, Purdue, Rich Rodriguez, San Diego State, Savannah State, Shawn Southward, Syracuse, T.C.U., Taylor Martinez, Terrance Broadway, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Texas-San Antonio, Troy, U.C.F., U.C.L.A., U.S.C., UTEP, Virginia, Wake Forest
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 4, 2012
With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, particularly with only one week in the books, so you may see one team ranked below a team it just beat — see Texas State and Houston, for example. Don’t be alarmed. Everything will become clearer by the end of the month.
Tags: Alabama, Clemson, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Iowa State, L.S.U., Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas State, U.S.C., West Virginia
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By Paul Myerberg // Jun 14, 2012
How does Iowa State win games? As a whole, the program has brought in only 10 four-star recruits since the 2003 recruiting cycle, according to Rivals.com. In comparison, Texas, a team Iowa State beat on the road in 2010, signed 15 four-star recruits on this winter’s national signing day alone. The program has not finished better than second-to-last in the Big 12 team recruiting rankings since 2004. There’s little that would lead one to believe that Iowa State, with little in its corner, could hang with the programs to which life comes easy. But there’s coaching. Grit, perhaps? An underdog mentality tinged with a devil-may-care attitude, one that leads I.S.U. to engage its heavily-favored conference foes with guerrilla warfare, sneaking through the back door to win five, six, seven games. When the dust clears, the rest of the Big 12 asks the following question: How did Iowa State win six games? Sometimes, a team will ask: How did Iowa State beat us? If there was a way to bottle moxie, you’d see a picture of Paul Rhoads and the Cyclones on the label.
Tags: A.J. Klein, Aaron Horne, Big 12, Brayden Burris, Carter Bykowski, Cole Netten, Courtney Messingham, David Irving, Durrell Givens, Iowa State, Jacques Washington, Jake Knott, Jake McDonough, James White, Jansen Watson, Jared Barnett, Jeremy Reeves, Josh Lenz, Kirby Van Der Kamp, Paul Rhoads, Roosevelt Maggitt, Shontrelle Johnson, Steele Jantz, Tom Farniok, Tom Herman, Troy Douglas
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By Paul Myerberg // Apr 18, 2012
Memphis isn’t the only team looking to reverse a recent slide heading into 2012, and the Tigers certainly aren’t the only team that has attempted to do so over the last five years. Last fall, 13 teams lost 10 or more games; of the 13, seven made a coaching change either during last season or shortly thereafter. At least 10 teams have suffered double-digit losses in each of the last five years, including six – Memphis, U.N.L.V., New Mexico, North Texas, Washington State and Idaho – who have done so at least three times. So Justin Fuente and Memphis aren’t alone.
Tags: Brady Hoke, Dave Doeren, Iowa State, Jerry Kill, June Jones, Justin Fuente, Memphis, Northern Illinois, Paul Rhoads, S.M.U., San Diego State
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By Paul Myerberg // Apr 14, 2012
Here’s the theory floated by The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre: Pull back the throttle on the Robert Griffin III hype machine, because while he had a superb junior season, his numbers were inflated significantly by the poor brand of pass defense played in the Big 12. The same could be said of former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has rocketed up N.F.L. draft charts, as well as former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, wrote Jason. As evidence, he points to the fact that not one Big 12 team ranked in the top 30 nationally in pass defense.
Tags: Baylor, Big 12, Florida State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
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By Paul Myerberg // Mar 17, 2012
Just a few notes on college football and the N.C.A.A. tournament, with the latter now down to 32 teams and counting:
1. There were two rematches in the round of 64. Each went along familiar lines: Iowa State beat Connecticut, just as the Cyclones did on the road in September. Kentucky beat Western Kentucky, just as it did during non-conference play. If you recall, those were two of the ugliest games of the season: Steele Jantz threw three interceptions — two on back-to-back throws — in Iowa State’s 24-20 win, while Kentucky’s play in its 14-3 win had the Hilltoppers’ Andrew Jackson asking, “They supposed to be SEC?”