A general football guideline in determining a coach's impact is the improvement the team makes throughout the course of a season.* In its first campaign under head coach Gene Chizik, Iowa State's gridiron team played its best football in the final five games of the 2007 campaign.* It is that improvement, which included November wins over Kansas State and Colorado, that has Cyclone fans excited for Chizik's second fall in Ames.* Despite the loss of a trio of Iowa State icons, the radical in-season upgrade of 2007 was made possible in part by seven offensive and defensive starters who return for ISU in 2008.

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