Iowa and Iowa State both get props from Pro Football Weekly's College Preview Magazine... in the Big Ten and Big 12, respectively. "Team That'll Surprise" label is given to both Iowa and Iowa State for their respective conferences. Interesting, the magazine has Nebraska as the "Team That'll Disappoint" (pages 41-42).
In the Kickoff 2008 section (pages 8-11), Iowa is listed among "Five teams that could be this year's Kansas or Illinois..." In '07, KU and the Illini both made a bowl game after not bowling the previous season. Is Iowa on the path again from mediocre (12-13 the past two seasons) to big-time?
First time I have picked up the magazine, but with Street & Smith's and the Sporting News one now, I thought another preseason magazine was needed to fill the void.
It was interesting to see Nebraska get the "Team That'll Disappoint" label, since all in Big Red Country are pretty excited about new head coach Bo Pelini. The magazine sees a bowl game for Big Red, something outgoing coach Bill Callahan didn't do in two of four seasons, but Big Red fans have high expectations... and the Cornhuskers "aren't there" when it comes to "national title level" talent.
The Big Ten vs. the Big 12 will have twice in '08 in the regular season. Illinois vs. Missouri is set for August 30th in St. Louis, ranked #2 among all OOC match ups by Pro Football Weekly (page 26), but the battle of each conference surprise teams will take place September 15th with Iowa hosting Iowa State for the Cy-Hawk Trophy at Iowa's historic Kinnick Stadium.
Go Big Ten! vs. Go Big 12!