AMES, Ia. — If Matt Campbell doesn’t win Big 12 Conference’s Coach of the Year Award, then no one should. If he doesn’t win, then the conspiracy theorists among you (and you know who you are) just might be onto something. Maybe there are people out there that wish Iowa State football didn’t exist.I’ve heard Campbell called a miracle worker, which I don’t buy. He’s done a great job of changing the culture. He’s weeded out players who didn’t fit his style. Along with the seniors, he’s orchestrated the locker room into a place where there’s just one clique — the all-in Cyclones football clique — and don’t forget this:Matt Campbell has made Iowa State football consistently relevant for the first time in a long, long while.Heck, this team might even win at Kansas State on Saturday for the first time since Dan McCarney’s 2004 team won there.A miracle season? If Matt made miracles, then why did the … [Read more...] about Peterson: Who’s the Big 12 Coach of the Year? Easy. It’s Matt Campbell.
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Iowa State isn’t out of the Big 12 Conference title game conversation quite yet.Tommy Birch, Randy Peterson and Chris Williams talk about what happens for the Cyclones to get into the Big 12 championship game.The guys also previewed Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State and broke down possible bowl game landing spots.Take a listen below!October 31: Time to aim highOctober 24: Revel in the football buzzOctober 17: Cyclones could be near something specialOctober 10: Breaking down the takedown of OklahomaOctober 3: Basketball hope, football frustrationSeptember 26: Texas-sized controversiesSeptember 19: Say hey to a new hoops recruitSeptember 12: Moving on from Cy-Hawk sorrowSeptember 5: The Cy-Hawk talk is onAugust 29: Breaking down the Week 1 depth chartAugust 22: 'Insider' is just 12 days from college footballAugust 15: 'Insider' talks all things football — and their final takeaways from fall campAugust 8: 'Insider' talks Iowa State football's fall … [Read more...] about PODCAST: ‘Cyclone Insider’ scrutinizes the Big 12 title road
DALLAS (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now. “You’re going to hate it going forward,” Bowlsby said. “There’s a lot of change coming.” During his opening address at Big 12 football media days, Bowlsby talked about growing financial constraints athletic programs face going forward and the “strange environment” that exists with class-action lawsuits against the NCAA and its member schools. Bowlsby said he’s doesn’t think there is a real understanding of how much lawsuits — which he numbered as seven and “growing all the time” — could radically alter things. “I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you’ll see men’s Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike,” he said. “I think … [Read more...] about Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby paints grim future for NCAA, says ‘cheating pays’
DALLAS (AP) — Coach Art Briles and Baylor arrived at Big 12 football media days as defending champions for the first time.Briles has a slightly different take on the Bears' newfound standing."How can you defend and protect something that nobody can take? 2013 is gone forever. That title is ours," Briles said Monday. "We're attacking 2014 just like everybody else. That's our mindset with our players, and that's the way they've been approaching everything."The first of five coaches on the podium for the first day, Briles used a baseball analogy in that leadoff role."The thing that's a little different is, I don't know what the commissioner expected, but we're not going to try to bunt or get a single. I promise you that," he said. "We're swinging for the fences. So maybe he should have put us fourth because that's just the way we approach the game."Even with quarterback Bryce Petty and receiver Antwan Goodley back, Baylor was picked second in the Big 12 media preseason poll behind … [Read more...] about Baylor has different take defending Big 12 title
FRISCO, Texas — A few days ago, Oklahoma President David Boren made some ripples — we know, what’s new? — by saying he is “philosophically in favor of a 10-win Texas.” Tom Herman’s response:“So am I!”Herman laughed as he said it. And then the Longhorns’ first-year coach acknowledged that he’d like to see Oklahoma have similar success. And this isn’t so much détente in a heated rivalry so much as it is recognition of the obvious:The Big 12 needs Texas to get good again — and for Oklahoma to remain there.All of which is why the Red River rivalry is suddenly so fascinating. Herman is Texas’ new hope, the guy who is supposed to catapult the Longhorns back to winning. On the other sideline at the Cotton Bowl that second Saturday in October will be another newcomer. All Lincoln Riley is charged with is maintaining what Bob Stoops built, and goosing the Sooners just a bit to reach their success levels of … [Read more...] about Big 12 fortunes ride on new Red River Rivalry, Texas’ Tom Herman, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Iowa State didn’t have an opponent to prepare for during one of the most important weeks of the season. It was during Iowa State’s bye week that the Cyclones could evaluate what they were doing on defense and see what needed to be fixed.After that week of work and reflection, Iowa State's defense would never be the same.The unit has turned into one of the success stories for No. 16 Iowa State, which will play at West Virginia at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.“I think the biggest turning point for us was getting into that bye week,” said Iowa State coach Matt Campbell.The defense was one of the biggest question marks going into the season for Iowa State, which was thin on experience in the defensive line and linebacker corps. Some of those issues were exposed early, especially during a 44-41 overtime loss to Iowa in September. The Hawkeyes exploded for 497 yards of total offense, including 333 in the air.The game would turn out … [Read more...] about How did Iowa State’s defense go from question mark to tops in Big 12 play? The bye week.
The rest of the country finally knows what we’ve known for a long time: Iowa State is a great place to be.Obviously, I’m biased, but this nation-wide notoriety feels like a band you’ve been listening to for years finally gets their breakthrough hit. And you feel like shouting, “I TOLD YOU SO!"With the win over No. 4 TCU in hand, Iowa State has now beaten a top-five team on the road and at home in the same calendar month. The defense has shut out two conference opponents in three weeks (TCU had a special teams touchdown this week but no points by its offense). The Cyclones are for sure going to a bowl game and sitting in first place in the Big 12 in November with the nation's No. 16 ranking.Not only that, but Iowa State currently has only one ranked team remaining on the schedule (with West Virginia being dropped this week) — assuming Kansas State doesn’t rip off four straight wins before the two teams play. The great thing is, the Cyclones … [Read more...] about Jeff Woody: Iowa State football is first in the Big 12 standings. In November. What a time!
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Matt Campbell said from the outset that he came to Ames to lead Iowa State football to championships.A bowl game? Not just get to a bowl game, the crafty coach has said many times. Win a bowl game.Big 12 championship game? Again, don’t just settle for getting there. Win it.That’s why bowl-eligibility for the first time since 2012 isn’t even big news around Iowa State football. There’s a Big 12 title to be won, and another step toward that goal involves Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game at 5-3 West Virginia.Ranked 15th in this week’s first College Football Playoff poll — the only ratings that matter right now — this team that’s captivated the college football nation holds the key to who plays for the conference title Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It holds head-to-head tiebreakers over two of the three other one-loss leaders — Oklahoma and TCU.One-loss Oklahoma State comes … [Read more...] about Peterson: Iowa State facing West Virginia obstacle in trek toward Big 12 title game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes the federal investigation into corruption in college basketball has brought to light a seedy underbelly of the sport that people have known about all along.Bowlsby, who spoke during the Big 12’s media day Tuesday, also thinks the investigation that has brought down Louisville coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich is not going away soon.“We certainly have always known all the best parts of college athletics and all the worst parts of college athletics are embedded in the sport of men’s college basketball,” Bowlsby said. “Lots of high-risk academic people and high-risk social people and lots of third-parties involved, and I think it’s impossible to know at this point how far this goes or who might be involved in it.”Federal prosecutors have accused 10 men, including four assistants at Power Five conference schools, of funneling money to prospects in an attempt to direct them … [Read more...] about Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby thinks FBI investigation ‘going to be around for a while’
The early College Football Playoff results are in: Georgia first, Alabama second, Notre Dame third and Clemson fourth, followed by a grab bag of unbeaten and one-loss teams elbowing for postseason position as the regular season hits its home stretch.It’s time for college football to get serious. It’s time for brass tacks. No more fooling around. Every game counts, even when a loss no longer eliminates a contender from the championship picture — but these games in November really count, beginning with a Saturday defined by key matchups across each of the Power Five conferences.For two leagues in particular, the ACC and Big 12, it’s a weekend fraught with postseason implications. Each league has at least three and potentially four Playoff contenders. By Sunday, that number will be trimmed by at least one and perhaps two, with a profound impact on the remaining major conferences.Start in Stillwater, Okla., where Oklahoma State hosts Oklahoma in an elimination … [Read more...] about Week 10 lookahead: Plenty of Playoff implications for Big 12, ACC