Athlon predicts another bleak year for the Cyclones


Preseason college football magazines are starting to hit newstands and according to Athlon, Iowa State’s outlook for the 2015 season is bleak. 

The publication is predicting the Cyclones to go 3-9 on the season with a 1-8 mark in the Big 12. Athlon has Iowa State ranked 74th nationally and ninth (ahead of Kansas) in the Big 12. 

To view Athlon’s online edition of its Big 12 predictions, CLICK HERE.

To view Athlon’s online Iowa State preview, CLICK HERE.  


A few interesting notes…

*** When looking at Athlon’s Big 12 unit rankings, it’s easy to see why the publication has the Cyclones going 1-8 in league play. Iowa State’s top ranking is at wide receiver (sixth in the Big 12). Besides that, it’s 8 (QB),10 (RB), 9 (OL), 9 (DL), 10 (LB) and 9 (DB) as far as unit rankings go. 

*** Three of Athlon’s four experts have Paul Rhoads being the coach with the hottest seat in the league. 

*** Athlon has Baylor winning the Big 12 with an 11-1 (8-1) record. TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas round out the top five. 

*** Athlon’s four-team playoff for 2016: Ohio State (1) vs. Auburn (4) & Alabama (2) vs. Baylor (3). 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.