For the first time in more than an entire decade, the Iowa State Cyclones are ranked!
After knocking off Texas Tech 31-13 for their third win in as many weeks, the Cyclones climbed into the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday at No. 25, marking the first time Iowa State has been ranked since 2005.
To put into perspective just how long it’s been since Iowa State appeared in the polls, consider this: It’s been 4,410 days since the last time the Cyclones have been ranked — a span of 630 weeks. This also marked the longest unranked streak of any Big 12-affiliated program in the league’s history.
Now sitting at 5-2 through seven games, Matt Campbell has Iowa State enjoying its best start since 2002, in which the Cyclones started 6-1 and reached as high as No. 9 in the polls before falling to No. 2 Oklahoma, 49-3.
Fast forward 15 years and this time around, it was a win over a top-three Oklahoma team that sparked Iowa State’s current three-game winning streak and 3-1 record in Big 12 play.
More notably, with Campbell guiding Iowa State to a 5-2 effort, the Cyclones have already surpassed their 2016 win total by two games with five opportunities still to come.
The schedule ahead can either build or break Iowa State’s momentum, though.
Beginning with No. 4 TCU on Oct. 28, the Cyclones will see three ranked opponents in as many weeks, which includes meetings with No. 22 West Virginia and No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Cyclones will then conclude the regular season on a two-game road stand against Baylor and Kansas State. But with unfamiliar momentum on its side and ranked for the first time since 2005, Iowa State should feel good about its chances to secure at least one more win and reach its first bowl game since 2012.