The setting of this wonderful dream is the year 2010. It was late November. I was working as a college football analyst for ESPN. Yes that's right; they fired Lee Corso to make room for me. It was a beautiful site. Next to me on the set was a seasoned veteran in the world of journalism, he ticked off a lot of people over the years but he always stuck around and made benji's. It was Steve Deace.
So Deace and I were the color men on ESPN's College Gameday. It was awesome but it got even better. Brent Blum was the host. Basically what happened was ESPN kicked Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit to the curb to make room for Williams, Blum and Deace.
Ratings were souring through the roof. Week in and week out, we picked where the show would be live from on Saturday.
On November, 28, 2010 we went to Jack Trice Stadium to watch the second ranked Cyclones host the number one ranked Nebraska Cornsuckers. This wasn't just Jack Trice Stadium; this was the new Jack Trice Stadium.
The south end zone was bowled in. Empty seats were nowhere to be seen. There was a sea of red, Cyclone red that is. 60,000 plus Clones piled in to watch their team go for an undefeated season and a chance to play for the national title.
Outside of Trice, the atmosphere
was unreal. Along with tailgating, live music highlighted the day as Hootie and
the Blowfish held a concert next to the
Here's how we got there.
Week One – ISU 31 USC 30
Don't ask how this game got on the schedule, but it did and it was the greatest game in the history of college football. The unranked Cyclones went into the land of the Trojans and upset the 5th ranked defending national champs behind the leadership of a crafty senior QB by the name of Austen Arnaud.
Here's what made it the greatest
Dan McCarney got a Gatorade bath
on national TV and
Week Two – ISU 56 UNI 0
There isn't much to talk about
here. Arnaud was benched in the 2nd quarter. His protégé who had been
playing WR all season named Phillip Bates took over and continued to run up the
score. Bates threw for three TD's and ran for one. Alexander Robinson rushed for
close to 200 yards in one half of football and last but not least,
Week Three – ISU 45
Kirk Ferentz left
Week Four – ISU 7 Notre Dame 6
Anyways, Alexander Robinson went
off for 151 yards. The only touchdown of the game was scored by Tyler Sash, an
athletic safety for
Arnaud threw for 145 yards with no picks.
Week Five – ISU 24
No problem for the Cyclones here.
Week Six – ISU 34
Now this was an intriguing
This defensive oriented KSU team had problems containing the potent ISU offense as Arnaud had another career day throwing for 289 yards and three touchdowns.
Week Seven – ISU 20
The 10th ranked Texas Longhorns
Week Eight – ISU 13
Don't look now, the Clones are now ranked 6th.
Week Nine – ISU 27
The Clones traveled to
Can you say top 5?
Week 10 – ISU 66
I agree, this was a weird place
for a non-conference game but that's where it was.
ISU is now ranked 4th.
Week 11 – ISU 21
Week 12 – ISU 34
When looking at that score, you would automatically think that I would be happy. Yes, I was happy about the score, but my great dream soon turned into a nightmare. During the post-game show, the three of us couldn't control ourselves. Instead of breaking down highlights, we were singing the fight song. Instead of looking ahead to next weeks showdowns, we were acting like children.
Deace, Blum and I were fired by ESPN. We were homers and the network would not take it any longer.
Trev Alberts and Beno Cook
replaced us hosting the show and College
Gameday then turned into a show specifically breaking down
This is the point where my alarm
went off. I will never know if
Ok, fine, I'll be honest. I didn't actually have that dream. I just made it up while sitting in STAT class this morning.