Paul Rhoads knows his players want to be ranked in the top 25, and he admits it. I like that. Most coaches would say they don't care about the rankings, and they would coach their players to say the same thing. Not Rhoads, he plays it straight. Why can't we have more coaches like him?
Don't think, for a second, that Texas isn't going to be up for this game. This is a team coming off a 5-7 season, last year. This is TEXAS...the Longhorns don't lose 7 games. Mac Brown called the loss to ISU, the lowest moment in his 14 years at UT. You know he's going to replay the highlights from that game as Iowa State celebrated on their field in Austin. The Horns are favored by 10.5 ... I think that's about right.
|Texas players haven't forgotten this.|
One Iowa State fan asked me if this game is a "must-win" because of the brutal schedule the Cyclones have in the Big 12. It's still not out of the realm of possibility that this team doesn't make a bowl game. Five of ISU's 9 Big 12 games are against teams ranked in the top-17. The 4 other games include @Mizz, @TTU, @K-State, and the one "sure" win, versus Kansas. I predicted a 4-win season, before I realized how tough the Big 12 is. I think ISU ends up with 5. That would be heartbreaking.
Tom Nardo is the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week --- Nardo plays for Iowa, in case you didn't know. It was a bad week in the Big Ten.