Iowa State football is back in the AP Top 25 rankings for the first time in more than a decade after being voted No. 25 in the AP poll on Sunday. One voter thinks the Cyclones are even better than the official rankings may suggest.
Bill Landis of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer voted the Cyclones No. 18 in his latest AP poll ballot. It was the highest vote that the Cyclones received in the poll.
If Landis’ vote wasn’t pleasing enough to Iowa State fans, the Cyclones were ranked ahead of USC and Auburn — two of college football’s traditional blue bloods — on the ballot.
Iowa State had not been ranked in the AP Top 25 since September 2005 before returning to the Top 25 on Sunday. The Cyclones (5-2) are 3-1 in Big 12 Conference play for the first time since 2002.
Iowa State will find itself in a Top 25 contest out of the gate, against No. 4 TCU on Saturday. It is the first time the teams will meet as ranked opponents.