ESPN gives their latest top 25 for next season. Currently, they have:
#19 Penn State
The Iowa and Penn State rankings seem a little too generous to me. Any thoughts?
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Wait a sec, I thought it was supposed to be last year with everyone gunning for them that they take a fall.
I'll take your action, or anyonne else's that they'll lose at least 4 games. All day. Just name the price.
Didn't Iowa lose a ton of OLinemen? They were good last year, but there were a lot of games they won that they easily could have lost (like MSU and us).
I believe they also lost their right tackle. He went somewhere on the 3rd day.
I definitely read his name as Baluga in my head until recently.
Then I would start singing that Baby Baluga song from when I was a kid. Damn you Raffi!
Do you follow up with some banana phone?
So yeah, they will probably suck.
Except when facing difficult 4th quarter deficit. Then you'd better buy 2 tickets for the Stanzi comeback express.
Please...Indiana straight up folded, and their receivers did all the work, not Stanzi.
...calling back two obvious indiana touchdowns, and the luckiest pick 6 anyone will ever see, off a hand, a helmet, than it hit the QB's own hand, off another helmet and into tyler sash's hands, and before anyone from indiana realized the ball had just gone in a complete circle he was already in the endzone
I didn't say I was betting on Stanzi to win the game. Just that he'll be there when it happens. The man is basically a Iowa rabbit's foot.
Penn State is just as generous as Iowa. They will not finish in the top 25 I don't think. I bet Wisconsin finishes ahead of Iowa, too.
With a noob at the helm I also find it hard to believe they'll finish top 25.
Not only with they have a noob QB, but they'll have a patchwork OL. That is not a recipe for success.
They'll finish ranked because of who they are. Year after year they are over ranked. I've come to accept it just as part of reality not because it is right.
After the past few years PSU fans were getting cocky, but this year there is fear that I haven't seen in a long time.
Everyone here knows this. And we will discuss such polls anyway. It is the offseason. Why do people sweep into these conversations and insist on pointing out the obvious like it they are some source of wisdom for the masses?
You've got some work to do!
the endless sports media tongue-bathing that Ferentz and JoePa get. At least Michigan wasn't ranked #15... that would not be a good omen.
SI's recent top 25 is even more generous to the B10:
3. Ohio State
14. Penn State
Wow... that just sets the Big Ten up for the "overrated" meme, doesn't it? I don't know if any of those pan out.
I'm still not sold on OSU. It's pretty well guaranteed that their offense is good to great but I'm still not convinced of their offense's abilities. Iowa and PSU are losing more than the media guys realize, and Wiscy always finds a way to shoot themselves in the foot... like giving up 3 defensive/special teams TDs to lose to OSU last season.
We'll earn our way in by the end
They are ranked high because of last year, not this year. "Iowa won a BCS game last year, so they must be good this year".
"Penn State beat LSU last year, and they are part of the SEC which has never lost a game in the history of the universe. So PSU must be amazing or have Jedi abilities."
Compare the final rankings of last year to the way too early rankings of this year, and there is little difference.
Exactly...The rankings are based on who went to what Bowl Game the previous season. They always fail!
Michigan will be proof of that!