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Iowa State Football Coaching Search

Posted by isuisu on November 21, 2006

Here are my top 15 choices to be the new head coach at Iowa State.

1. Gary Patterson – Head Coach (TCU)

Gary Patterson Bio

2006 record: (8-2) (4-2) MWC Background: DC TCU, DC New Mexico, Defense
2. Steve Kragthorpe – Head Coach (Tulsa)

Steve Kragthorpe Bio

2006 record: (7-4) (4-3)CUSA Background: OC Texas A&M, QB Coach Buffalo
Bills, Offense
3. Gene Chizik – Assistant Head Coach / DC (Texas)

Gene Chizik Bio

2006: 24th rated defense nationally Background: Auburn DC, Central Florida
DC, Defense
4. Bo Pelini – Defensive Coordinator (LSU)

Bo Pelini Bio

2006: Top rated defense nationally Background: Oklahoma DC, Nebraska DC,
5. Mark Dantonio – Head Coach (Cincinnati)

Mark Dantonio Bio

2006 record: (6-5) (3-3) Big East Background: DC Ohio State, Secondary Michigan
St, Defense
6. Brian Kelly – Head Coach (Central Michigan)

Brian Kelly Bio

2006 record: (7-4) (6-1) MAC Background: HC Grand Valley State, Balanced
7. Art Briles – Head Coach (Houston)

Art Briles Bio

2006 record: (9-3) (7-1) CUSA Background: Texas Tech RB, Offense
8. Phil Bennett – Head Coach (SMU)

Phil Bennett Bio

2006 record: (6-5) (4-3) CUSA Background: DC Kansas State, DC Texas A&M,
9. Frank Solich – Head Coach (Ohio)

Frank Solich Bio

2006 record: (8-3) (6-1) MAC Background: HC Nebraska, RB Nebraska, Offense
10. Jim Harbaugh – Head Coach (San Diego)

Jim Harbaugh Bio

2006 record: (10-0) (7-0) Pioneer Background: Offensive Consultant Western
Kentucky, Offense
11. Paul Chryst – Offensive Coordinator (Wisconsin)

Paul Chryst Bio

2006: 26th ranked offense Background: OC Oregon State, TE San Diego Chargers,
12. Jay Norvell – OC (Nebraska)

Jay Norvell Bio

2006: 9th rated offense nationally Background: Tight Ends Raiders, ISU QB’s
and WR’s, Offense
13. Steve Loney – OL Coach (Arizona Cardinals)

Steve Loney Bio

2006: ranked last in rushing offense Background: OC/OL Minnesota Vikings,
OC/OL ISU, Offense
14. Mike Price – Head Coach (UTEP)

Mike Price Bio

2006 record: (5-6) (3-4) CUSA Background: HC Washington State, Offense
15. Tim Brewster – TE Coach (Denver Broncos)

Tim Brewster Bio

Background: TE Coach Chargers, TE Coach (Texas, UNC), Offense

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Iowa State – Kansas (Game Breakdown)

Posted by isuisu on November 3, 2006

Iowa State Offense vs Kansas Defense / Kansas Offense vs Iowa State Defense
Iowa State Special Forces vs Kansas Special Teams / Overall Breakdown
Overall Breakdown:
Iowa State Cyclones

Kansas Jayhawks
  24 Scott’s Prediction


Iowa State Offense vs. Kansas Defense

Iowa State will move the ball on the Jayhawk defense, but can they get the ball in the endzone? The Cyclones managed only 10 points last week on 384 yards of offense. ISU must protect Bret Meyer better if they are going to win this game. Kansas State dropped Meyer six times last week and the Cyclones have allowed 29 sacks on the season.
Slight Advantage:

Kansas Offense vs. Iowa State Defense

The Jayhawks offense has a big advantage over Iowa State’s defense. Kansas has averaged nearly 28 points per game on offense this season and Iowa State has given up at least 28 points in every Big 12 game. Jon Cornish should easily get 100 yards this weekend and he may even approach 200. Kansas has been sloppy with the ball so Iowa State may have a chance at some turnovers.
Heavy Advantage:

Iowa State Special Forces vs. Kansas Special Teams

ISU and Kansas are fairly even in special teams play. The Cyclones punt return team had a major breakdown last week and the result was an easy touchdown for Kansas State. It was a huge momentum swing in the game and Iowa State was unable to recover. A big play on special teams could decide this game as well and I think KSU will make it.
Slight Advantage:

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Turnover Margin
Iowa State: minus 5
Kansas: minus 5

It seems like every week I predict the Cyclone offense will finally break out and score some points. Not this week. I have been fooled too many times, 8 to be exact. Iowa State should be able to throw the ball against one of the worst pass defenses in the country, but the Cyclones will struggle to move the ball on the ground and Bret Meyer will be on his back too often for ISU to score points. Kansas should have no trouble moving the ball on the ground and their quarterback (whoever it is) will no doubt complete at least 75% of his passes. Iowa State must be plus 2 in the turnover battle to have a shot in this game.

Get to the game and support the team!

Go Cyclones!

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Next Three Opponents Passing Woes

Posted by isuisu on October 28, 2006

With the loss of Deandre Jackson, Iowa State is starting a very young secondary. Graham Harrell threw for 368 yards and 6 touchdowns last week against this inexperienced secondary. Chris Singleton, Drenard Williams, Jason Harris, James Smith and Caleb Berg should get some relief the next three weeks. Check out the stats the next three opponents quarterbacks put up last week

Kansas State – QB Josh Freeman 5-19, 63 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT

Kansas – QB Kerry Meier 6-11, 62 yards, 1 TD

Colorado – QB Bernard Jackson 3-14, 39 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT

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Prediction: Iowa State 27 Kansas State 19

Posted by isuisu on October 27, 2006

Iowa State Offense vs Kansas State Defense / Kansas State Offense vs Iowa State Defense
Iowa State Special Forces vs Kansas State Special Teams / Overall Breakdown
Overall Breakdown:
Iowa State Cyclones

Kansas State Wildcats
  27 Scott’s Prediction


Iowa State Offense vs. Kansas State Defense

I look for the Cyclones to finally break out of their offensive slump and put up some big numbers on the Kansas State defense. Iowa State has played from behind all year long, so it will be important for the offense to start fast. If the Cyclones win the toss they they need to take the ball and set the tone early. ISU should take some shots deep to Todd Blythe, Austin Flynn and Jon Davis to test Andrew Erker who is replacing Watts at FS.
Slight Advantage:

Kansas State Offense vs. Iowa State Defense

It is tough to predict what is going to happen when the KSU offense lines up against the ISU defense Saturday. The Cyclone defense has been bullied by the best offenses in the conference (Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas Tech) and the Kansas State offense has stuggled to get anything going since Big 12 play began. The Cyclones best bet is to stop the run and make the turnover-prone true-freshman beat them. A defense that has struggled to force turnovers should be able to get a few takeaways against the Wildcats.
Slight Advantage:

Iowa State Special Forces vs. Kansas State Special Teams

The Kansas State special teams have scored 5 touchdowns this season and have scored a TD in three of the Wildcats four wins. KSU blocked a punt and returned a kick for a touchdown in their only Big 12 win of the year, 31-27 over Oklahoma State. Iowa State had a touchdown on a punt return by Ryan Baum earlier this year. Kansas State has had a punt and a field goal blocked, they also allowed a punt return for a touchdown. The Cyclones can not afford to give up a big play on special teams this week.
Slight Advantage:

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Turnover Margin
Iowa State: minus 3
Kansas State: minus 2

ISU finally gets the offense going against a secondary that will be without their best player and leader S Marcus Watts. The defense will be happy to see a KSU offense that has averaged only 309 yards per game. The Wildcats have really struggled on offense since Josh Freeman took over four weeks ago. But, the game will be determined by special teams. KSU is 3-0 when they score on ST. If Kansas State scores on special teams, Kansas State wins. If Iowa State can keep the Wildcats out of the endzone on special teams, Iowa State wins. The ISU special forces have been the strength of the team the last three weeks and I think that will continue on Saturday.

Keep the faith!

Go Cyclones!

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Posted by isuisu on October 24, 2006

Here are the year-by-year records for Dan McCarney(DM), Jim Walden(JW) and Jim Criner(JC).

1. JC 4-7 / JW 3-8 / DM 3-8
2. JC 2-7-2 / JW 5-6 / DM 2-9
3. JC 5-6 / JW 6-5 / DM 1-10
4. JC 6-5 / JW 4-6-1 / DM 3-8
5. JW 3-7-1 / DM 4-7
6. JW 4-7 / DM 9-3
7. JW 3-8 / DM 7-5
8. JW 0-10-1 / DM 7-7
9. DM 2-10
10. DM 7-5
11. DM 7-5

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McCarney vs Walden

Posted by isuisu on October 24, 2006

There has been alot of talk lately about McCarney having a worse in-conference record then Jim Walden.  I thought it would be more accurate to compare apples to apples.

Here is a breakdown of how Jim Walden and Dan McCarney compare in conference games against the same competition. I think you have to throw out the Texas schools, because Walden never played them.

Jim Walden
Kansas State 4-4
Nebraska 1-7
Colorado 0-8
Kansas 3-4-1
Missouri 4-4
Oklahoma 1-7
Oklahoma State 2-4-2

Total: 15-38-3 ( .268 )

Dan McCarney
Kansas State 2-9
Nebraska 2-10
Colorado 2-9
Kansas 5-6
Missouri 6-5
Oklahoma 0-6
Oklahoma State 4-3

Total: 21-48 ( .304 )

If you are in the camp that Mac needed time to rebuild the program. Here are the stats over the last seven years, throwing out the first five years.

Kansas State 2-4
Nebraska 2-5
Colorado 2-4
Kansas 4-2
Missouri 3-3
Oklahoma 0-3
Oklahoma State 3-1

Total: 16-22 ( .421 )

Draw your own conclusions.

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I think…

Posted by isuisu on October 17, 2006

ryankockI think… Iowa State needs to have a more smashmouth approach to the running game. I would love to see Iowa State line up in I-formation with Ryan Kock at FB and Jason Scales at RB and pound the ball. The best running play that the Cyclones had against Oklahoma was the 4th and 1 that Jason Scales picked up 3 yards on. The offensive line blew the Sooners defensive line off the ball, Ryan Kock got a good block and Scales shot through the hole. Ryan Kock shows the sense of urgency on every play that I would like to see from the rest of the offense.

The QB draws and RB delays out of shotgun formation requires our offensive lineman to hold their blocks for 2-3 seconds for the play to work. There were 5 running plays that resulted in negative yardage last Saturday. This leaves 2nd and long and 3rd and long and makes it much easier on the opponents to defend.

I think…that it is imperative that Iowa State sign at least 3 juco offensive lineman in this recruiting class. The Cyclones will only return two players on the offensive line (OG Tom Schmeling and OG Reggie Stephens) that have played significant minutes this season. The fact that nobody else is ready to play has me worried. Does this starting lineup excite you?

OT – John Tjaden, OG-Reggie Stephens, C-Bastian Schober, OG-Tom Schmeling, OT- Lee Tibbs


I think…Josh Johnson needs to get on the field if he is now ineligible for a redshirt. It would be a shame if he lost an entire year of eligibility for one carry in the second game of the year.

I think…that Deandre Jackson was one of the best cornerbacks in Iowa State history. It is truly a shame that Deandre Jackson tore his ACL this past weekend. I can’t believe his career as a Cyclone is over, his four years at Iowa State really flew by. Best wishes to Deandre on a speedy recovery and a long career in the NFL.

milanI think…my favorite moment of the Oklahoma game was Milan Moses first reception of the year in the fourth quarter. Milan has battled all the way back from Crohns disease and is back to 100%.

I think…Brent “Big Play” Curvey has been an absolute warrior these last two weeks. The improvement of Ahtyba Rubin has freed up Curveball to be the playmaker he was in previous years. He is really going to be missed next season.

abI think…Alvin Bowen and Tyrone McKenzie are the two most talented linebackers that I have seen at Iowa State. It seems like they are in on every tackle. Jon Banks has also impressed me at SAM. The team will be stacked at linebacker next season. Fred Garrin will have had a year in the system and Carper and Raven will be back from ACL injuries.

I think…there is a good chance that Kris Means will be the starting fullback for the Cyclones next season. With the linebacker position in good hands, it would make sense to move Means to fullback next season. Kris was a standout fullback in high school rushing for over 1,200 yards in his junior and senior seasons.


I think…it will be an exciting day when James Smith and Jason Harris are the starting safeties.
Who knows it might even be this week.


I think…Texas will beat Nebraska by at least two touchdowns.
Nebraska is a much improved team, but the Longhorns have a different level of talent then any team in the Big 12 North.

I don’t think…a guy that is fresh out of a half-way house for cocaine trafficking should be a celebrity. If apyou are going to have Nelson Peterson as a guest commentator at least explain to the public why this is the first time he has seen his son play since 1998. He had spent about eight years in federal prison for money laundering.

I don’t think…that Adrian Peterson should have been in the game with Oklahoma leading 27-9 with 7 minutes remaining in the game. Instead of boosting his Heisman chances, it eliminated him from the competition. It is a shame too, he was one of the best college running backs I have ever seen.jh

I don’t think…it should come as a huge surprise that Iowa lost to Indiana.
Iowa is not a top 25 team. I am still trying to figure out how Iowa ends up in the top 25 each preseason. The Hawks were a 7-5 team last season. They lost six of their best players from a year ago Abdul Hodge, Chad Greenway, Antwan Allen, Jovon Johnson, Ed Hinkel and Clinton Solomon, but somehow Mark May thinks they are going to be the national champions. What am I missing?

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Iowa State at Oklahoma (Game Preview and Prediction)

Posted by isuisu on October 12, 2006

Overall Breakdown:
Iowa State Cyclones

Oklahoma Sooners
17 Scott’s Prediction



Iowa State Offense vs. Oklahoma Defense

ISU has a talented offense and there is no excuse for how they have played this season. Iowa State should be able to have success on offense against the Sooners. It is time to show a sense of urgency and some testicular fortitude and go out and dominate. It seems like the Cyclones are often intimidated by the name on the jersey of the guy across from them. Oklahoma has a good defense, but Iowa State is better on offense. I am still giving Oklahoma the advantage as I am tired of waiting for Iowa State to break out on offense each week.
Slight Advantage:

Oklahoma Offense vs. Iowa State Defense

Iowa State needs to make Oklahoma one dimensional. Adrian Peterson is going to get his yards, force him to earn those yards. Stopping the passing game is more important in this game. I would heat Thompson up and hope he makes mistakes. It would be a good idea to stay in front of the receivers this week as Oklahoma is averaging 15 yards/ reception. The Cyclones defense showed signs of life last week in the second half, forcing five straight Nebraska punts. Can they put together a four quarter effort this week?
Heavy Advantage:

Iowa State Special Forces vs. Oklahoma Special Teams

It doesn’t look good for Iowa State when breaking down the teams special teams units. The silver lining for the Cyclones is that they were solid last week against Nebraska. It seems like the punt return team makes a big play every week, it is time for another unit to step up this week. Iowa State has been very good at blocking kicks the past two seasons, but they haven’t blocked any all year. Oklahoma did have a punt blocked earlier this year.
Slight Advantage:

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Turnover Margin
Iowa State: minus 1
Oklahoma: minus 3

The offense that was supposed to be one of the most prolific in school history has averaged 19 points in regulation this season. Enough is Enough.
I don’t even care if the offense scores a boatload of points, I just want them to give me an effort that I can be proud of. Show the fans you care. The offense was going to carry a young defense this year, it hasn’t happened. The defense and special teams played well enough to win last week, but the offense didn’t do its part. I think the defense and special teams will play better than expected this weekend and give the Cyclones an opportunity for a victory again this week, but can the offense score points? Until they prove otherwise, I say no.
Heavy Advantage:

A full breakdown can be found on www.isuisu.comIowa State – Oklahoma Game Breakdown

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ISU Football Visitors – October 6th (Iowa State – Nebraska)

Posted by isuisu on October 6, 2006

Here is a list of football visitors that will be attending Saturday’s game.

Current Commits:

RB Jamicah Bass – El Camino CC (California)
OL Grant Garner – Mesquite, Texas
QB Phillip Bates – Omaha, NE (North)
TE Ben Cotton – Ames, IA (Ames)
DE Will Eilert – Grinnell, IA (Grinnell)
WR Alex Sandvig – West Des Moines, IA (Valley)

Juco Visitors:

RB Jamicah Bass – El Camino CC (California)
DT Brandon Bates – Northeast Mississippi CC (Mississippi)
OG Eric Benoit – Compton CC (California)
OT Gerald Parker – Compton CC (California)
OG Elridge Sims – Compton CC (California)
CB Da’milyn Tanner – El Camino CC (California)
LB Brandon Whittie – Coahoma CC (Mississippi)

Notable High School Visitors:

WR Zane Abner – Atkinson, NE
SS Jordan Bernstine – Des Moines, IA
C Kyle Dooley – Papillion, NE
LB Jared Evridge – Papillion, NE
LB Kendale Farlow – Evanston, IL
LB Sean Fisher – Omaha, NE
DE Nickaro Golding – Evanston, IL
LB Justin Swedburg – Axtell, NE
LB Chucky Thompson – Omaha, NE
OG Brian Thorson – Omaha, NE

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Iowa State – Nebraska Game Preview

Posted by isuisu on October 3, 2006

Iowa State Offense vs Nebraska Defense / Nebraska Offense vs Iowa State Defense
Iowa State Special Forces vs Nebraska Special Teams / Overall Breakdown
Overall Breakdown:
Iowa State Cyclones

Nebraska Cornhuskers
35 Scott’s Prediction


Iowa State Offense
vs. Nebraska Defense

Iowa State should be able to expose a Nebraska secondary that gave up more than 400 yards last week to Kansas. The Cyclones have a more talented quarterback and a stronger and deeper receiving corps than the Jayhawks. Jon Davis had a breakout game last week against UNI and he should be fired up to play Nebraska this week. The ISU offensive line has struggled allowing 14 sacks on the year, but the blackshirts of Nebraska have also struggled getting to the quarterback with only 7 sacks in 5 games. Iowa State will also be able to move the ball on the ground, but if Iowa State is going to beat Nebraska they are going to have to do it in the air.
Slight Advantage:

Nebraska Offense vs. Iowa State Defense

Nebraska should be effective running the ball on the Cyclones. Iowa State will do its best to stop the run, but the fact that Northern Iowa ran for 176 yards last week doesn’t instill confidence. Nebraska has four quality running backs that will pound the inexperienced Cyclone defense. Zac Taylor completed less than 50% of his passes last week but he made the most of his 15 completions. The Cornhuskers averaged 26.3 yards per completion. The Cyclones have done a great job of taking away the deep pass, so if Nebraska is going to be effective in the passing game they will probably have to hit on short and intermediate passes.
Heavy Advantage:

Iowa State Special Forces vs. Nebraska Special Teams

Iowa State needs to win the special teams this week to beat Nebraksa. Ryan Baum made a big play last week, but UNI also made a big play when they recovered Baum’s fumble on the ensuing punt. Baum should have a good opportunity again this week against an average punter and punt coverage unit. The kickers haven’t had much work this season, but their is a good chance that one of these kickers will have to make a big kick that could determine the outcome.
Slight Advantage:





Iowa State Cyclones vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Turnover Margin
Iowa State: minus 1
Nebraska: plus 5

This is a game that Cyclone fans have had circled for a long time. If Iowa State is going to challenge for the Big 12 North title this year they have to win this game. The Cyclones came out flat last week against UNI, but that shouldn’t be a problem this weekend. The Cyclones will be fired up for this game, especially Nebraska natives Stevie Hicks, Jon Davis and Caleb Berg. I expect both offenses to put up alot of points this Saturday. The Cornhuskers will use a balanced attack to move the ball on Iowa State. The Cyclones will throw early and often and go after cornerback Cortney Grixby who was picked on last week. This game is evenly matched and should be another great game between these two schools. I think it will come down to who wants this game more and I think that will be the Cyclones.

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Now you know what I think. Let me know what you think. What are your predictions for the game?

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