2014 Iowa State football preview

BlueGold Sports.com is pleased to present our own “one-page preview” of each Big 12 football team and WVU’s non-conference opponents in 2014.  Beginning with Baylor University then proceeding alphabetically for each Big 12 team, followed by non-conference opponents, this unique format packs more information about each team onto one single page than many of the more nationally recognized pre-season college football preview magazines.  Included in each one-page preview is data on:

  • The school’s enrollment, leadership and stadium information
  • 2014 schedules with results against the same teams that were played in 2013
  • Top incoming recruits
  • 2013 conference and NCAA rankings across several statistical categories
  • Returning starters on offense and defense
  • Key personnel losses from the 2013 season
  • Conference statistical leaders from last season
  • A complete rundown on each team’s coaching staff, how long each coach has been a member of the staff and an average years on staff of all coaches combined
  • Each team’s two-deep depth chart coming out of spring practice
  • School record holders in rushing, passing and other select categories
  • Short informational items regarding each team’s 2013 season
  • An outlook on each team for the 2014 season

A few explanations are in order regarding how the data was obtained.

  1. The population of the city in which the school is located was obtained from the US Census website for cities in the top 750 of all US cities by population total. For cities with population totals outside of the top 750 (Stillwater, OK and Morgantown, WV) the cities’ websites were used.
  2. Enrollment numbers for each school were taken from Forbes magazine’s website.
  3. The quantitative values shown under the heading “2013 Rankings” are conference-only games’ values. For Big 12 schools, the data was taken from the Big 12’s website: http://www.big12sports.com/ViewContent.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=10410&CONTENT_ID=834047. For NCAA rankings data was taken from the NCAA’s website: http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/current/team/699.
  4. Coaching staff data was taken from each team’s spring media prospectus (where available) or through various sources.
  5. The Two-Deep Depth Charts are those generally recognized by reputable media covering each team at the conclusion of spring practice or as reported via each school’s website (when available). These charts do not reflect players that were injured and unable to participate in spring practice but projected to be starters in the fall, except in a few cases (e. g., WVU naming Clint Trickett as its starting QB in June despite not participating in spring practice while recovering from an injury.) It is likely that the depth charts shown will change as fall practices begin and freshmen and junior college transfers begin participating in fall camps.
  6. The 2014 Outlook section is entirely the opinion of the author.

BlueGoldSports invites readers’ feedback on the one-page previews.  If you disagree with something you see on any of the one-page previews let us know and we’ll respond.  Tell us what you think of the format, the data and the 2014 season outlooks.

* you can enlarge the preview by clicking on it for better viewing.

2014 Preview - Iowa State

Readers can follow the one-page previews’ author, BGS Senior Writer and Data Analyst Mark Fought, on Twitter @MntnrMark.  Be sure to check BGS’ Twitter page for Mark’s daily Big 12 factoids.

article photo courtesy of cyclones.com

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Jeremy Simon

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Founder and publisher of BlueGoldSports.com Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today and Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07

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