It was a pretty quiet day at the workout today, which means it’s a good day for a little pigskin talk. Especially with my ‘Noles going tomorrow night in Raleigh (scary game, always). This week’s BlogPoll Roundtable is brought to you by CrossCyed, an Iowa State football blog.
1. We’re about halfway through the season at this point. Have you gotten a gauge on your team’s chances this year to make noise in conference play, or is the team still a total freaking mystery?
Somewhere in between, I think. The optimist says they’re starting to find their offense, and the defensive talent is enough that they can hang with anybody. The pessimist says it was only Rice that they scored on, and the defense has major injury issues. If they can survive the always-scary trip to NCSU, the rest of the schedule is pretty favorable. They’ll need some help from Clemson to make the conference title game, but I think it’s entirely possible.
2. Many of the bigger conferences such as the Big 12 and the Big 10 use a rotating schedule to determine conference games each year. What are your feelings on the current system used in your conference? Does a rotating schedule work? Has your team always caught a break?
The Pac-10 does it right, with everybody playing everybody every year. Great system. Obviously not possible with 12 teams, but I think more conference games, rather than fewer, is better. The ACC features one team from the other division you play every year, and for the most part those matchups make sense, so I guess there’s not a lot else you can do. It works better in a divisional system — the teams you’re up against to make it to the conference championship game, you play all of them.
To answer part 2, thus far FSU has definitely caught a break — hasn’t played VT yet!
3. In an effort to get to know more about college football, both nationally and regionally, what have you done to expand your college football horizons? Have you caught yourself watching games from other conferences, or taking an interest in games that show up on ESPNU or Fox Sports?
I definitely try to catch games from other conferences. In the past couple years, I’ve actually become a big Pac-10 fan, despite growing up in ACC/SEC country and living in Big 12 land. I make a point to watch the early Big 10 game and the late West Coast game as much as possible. As for conferences beyond the power 6, it’s tough. I try to watch teams with something unusual about them — a trick formation, a stud player, a major home-field advnatage, etc.
4. What would you change about the current exposure your team gets, either on the radio, television, print, or on the internet?
It’s weird to me that there aren’t more FSU blogs, but beyond that, it’s hard to complain. A huge number of games are viewable to me from more than 1000 miles away, and they’re all on XM, which is great. I do wish that some of the papers in Florida had more coverage, so as to have an alternative to the Tallahassee paper. But I also understand that it’s tough, with UM, UF and the other state schools as well.
5. During last Saturday’s game against I-AA Northern Iowa, Iowa State trailed 21-7 at the half. The Cyclone Marching Band played a variety of songs from animated shows, including selections from South Park titled "Blame Canada" and "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" Needless to say, the Cyclones outscored the Panthers 21-6 in the second half. If you had to pick one song for your favorite team to rally to, what would it be? Because we all know what they did for the 2005 White Sox, Journey and "Don’t Stop Believing" are not to be considered.
"Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson. Wouldn’t that rock as played by the Marching Chiefs? I vote yes.
But cartoon songs are a great idea, too — the Stonecutters song from the Simpsons would be top-notch.
(currently playing on the iPod: U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind)