West Virginia to the Big 12, is a good get for the conference. You could argue that WVU and TCU make the conference even tougher than Missouri and Texas A&M. WVU and TCU have been to plenty of BCS bowl games, and the WVU basketball program is one of the best in the country under Huggy Bear.
Yes it will be a long trip for anyone to watch their team play in Morgantown, WV...but it's actually closer to Ames than Lubbock, TX.
The Hawkeyes haven't won on the road in 50 weeks. They're 0-for-their-last-4. Kirk Ferentz tried to defend Iowa's road woes by saying they won on the road at the Insight Bowl, in Arizona. That's not a road game. In fact, it was a virtual home game with Hawkeye fans outnumbering Missouri fans, 3-to-1. Minnesota doesn't scare anyone, but I do think there is some cause for caution. The way Iowa is playing defense, the Gophs are going to put up some points. A win, and a Michigan victory over Purdue, sets up a 3-1 Legends division showdown at Kinnick Stadium, a week from Saturday. I'm not sure this Hawkeye team is good enough to win a division title, but thanks to one of the easiest schedules in America, they'll have a chance to play for one. Iowa should control its own destiny with 4 games to play.
In other news, Minnesota's Jerry Kill just received a 7-year contract extension. Huh? Am I not right in saying that he's 1-6 in his first 7 games? The Gophers look like one of the worst teams in the history of Big Ten football. I feel bad for him for all the health issues he's had to deal with, but I'd be upset if I was a Minnesota fan. Then again, we all know Minnesota football fans don't exist.
Hawkeye fans are having some fun with the sideline antics of Paul Rhoads. Here's to people who have way too much time on their hands. http://cuppygifs.com/tag/monkey/
From 'Donkey Paul' to 'Rockin' Rhoads', even Cyclone fans have a good sense of humor about it. Here's a little something the folks at Wide Right Natty Light put together.http://www.widerightnattylite.com/2011/10/25/2512440/paul-rhoads-live-at-jack-trice-stadium
The MVC has released its preseason basketball poll, and you won't find a team from Iowa in the top-3. Creighton is the overwhelming favorite to win the Valley, following by Wichita State, and Indiana State. Northern Iowa is picked to place 4th, while Drake is expected to, once again, finish 7th.
My parents, teachers, coaches, friends, and co-workers, have always told me not to brag --- but I'm going to anyway. I've just been notified that I've made Cityview's list of the 100 sexiest people in Des Moines. There's a website where you can vote for the winner, but I'm sure Cityview is just trying to be nice to the other 99 people. There's no way this guy is going to lose. So as not to hurt the feelings of the other nominees, please be kind and vote for them. www.surveymonkey.com/s/f79nrtz
Here are a couple of my modeling shots: