By Chris Hassel
Paul Rhoads didn’t say that Jared Barnett would start Saturday’s game against TCU. He also didn’t say that Steele Jantz would, either. Rhoads danced around questions regarding the quarterback position at Monday’s press conference, saying only that he would evaluate the position during practice this week. It’s clear that Rhoads wants Jantz to be the guy, but after Saturday’s 4 turnover performance against Texas Tech, he may be forced to go with Barnett.
Mark Farley is off to his worst-ever start at Northern Iowa. At 1-4, the Panthers need to win out to have any chance at making the playoffs. Even with four losses in five weeks, UNI is still ranked 22nd in the FCS poll. That shows the respect everyone at the FCS level has for Northern Iowa, and the schedule the Panthers have played.
Farley was asked if Youngstown State and #1 North Dakota State (two teams that beat the Panthers) could hold their own in the Big Ten. Farley basically said, no. “That level of play; there’s no comparison,” he said. Farley said that FCS teams can compete with upper-level BCS teams one game a year, but the 20 scholarship difference would be too much to overcome in multiple games.
That “hot-seat” some said Kirk Ferentz was sitting on, last week, as sure cooled off. What a difference a 98-pound pig statue makes.
Billy Cundiff didn’t mince words after hitting the game-winning field goal for the Redskins, Sunday. The former Drake kicker, who was 1-4 in the game, told the Redskins Radio Network, “Obviously I was crap, absolute crap early in the game. I CANNOT let these guys down. So it`s nice to be able to come out of here, as BAD as I played, still get that opportunity at the end.” Cundiff may have been looking for a job had he not made the game-winner. Good for him.