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UNI WATCH: Cyclones repping cardinal and gray against Texas

Oct 1, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Deshaunte Jones (8) makes a diving catch while defended by Baylor Bears safety Orion Stewart (28) at Jack Trice Stadium. The Bears beat the Cyclones 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State will sport its cardinal helmets, cardinal jerseys and gray pants tonight when the Cyclones take on Texas at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Cyclones last wore this combination in the team’s 45-42 loss to Baylor last season at Jack Trice Stadium.

I know some people are not huge fans of any part of the gray uniforms, but I like the way the look comes together with the red jersey and gray pants. On the plus side, complaints of not being able to read the numbers should be at a minimum.

I was hoping to maybe see Iowa State wear the white helmets or come out with something new on the national stage, but I’m perfectly fine with the red helmets. I guess we will have to wait and see if Matt Campbell and Co. have any new wrinkles up their sleeves for the 2017 season.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.