They are who we thought they were


Five years ago, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the undefeated Chicago Bears. Coach Dennis Green yelled “they are who we thought they were” into the microphones during his post-game news conference.

Many people poked fun at the passion and emotion of Green, but his message was spot on. Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads might agree with Green’s assessment as it relates to his current Cyclones.

Rhoads’ club has lost four games this season, but three of them were to teams ranked in the Associated Press Top Ten at the time of the encounter. That trio of opponents has combined for a 17-1 record.

Three others schools nationally – Wyoming (who has played Texas, Boise State and TCU), Oregon State (TCU, Boise State and Arizona) and Kentucky (Florida, Auburn and South Carolina) – have played three Top Ten schools to this point.

Each week, Rhoads has shared with the news media his respect and admiration for those opponents.

In advance of the Iowa game, he stated that he saw no weaknesses in its club.

The week of the Utah game, Rhoads said the Utes “understand everything they’re supposed to do in all three phases and play lights out.”

Last week after the Oklahoma contest, the second-year coach said “they are great players and play extremely fast with a lot of confidence.”

The road doesn’t get any easier as Texas, a club ranked fifth in the pre-season poll, hosts the Cyclones.

“We’ve got to go back to work and prepare,” Rhoads said. “Just keep working is the only way I know.”

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