While I like John's writing, I take issue with this post.
True, Iowa State's non-conference schedule is really weak. But in June everyone thought ISU's team would be really weak, too. Their 9-2 record, and general level of play, is WAY above where anyone thought it would be.
Their schedule was set up to get them over .500- not to impress the NCAA committee.
The fact they have a mathematical chance at an NCAA bit is remarkable.