Iowa State picked seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll

Nov 25, 2017; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder shakes hands with Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell at midfield following the Wildcats’ last-minute touchdown win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12 preseason poll has been released and Iowa State has been pegged to finish seventh by the league’s media. Unsurprisingly, Oklahoma is the team projected to win the league.

Now, I could proceed with this blog by telling you how the rest of the poll shook out, but that isn’t what I’m going to do. Instead, I will tell you about the really stupid tweet I sent out following the poll’s release.

You would think the people who work for this website would have learned from tattoo bets after Chris Williams was seconds away from having to get a Scott Drew tattoo a couple years ago. Clearly, I was not part of learning that lesson.

I’m not saying I’m shocked to see the Cyclones picked seventh. That is pretty close to the range in which I expected to see them considering most other media members probably don’t pay near as much attention to the talent Iowa State has returning as we do.

What I am saying is that I’m really dang confident that Iowa State will not finish seventh or lower in the league. Will I regret feeling so confident about this? Possibly, but I don’t think I will.

Plus, if I do have to get the tattoo, I could always try to tell someone it is my grandpa and then hope they don’t know who Bill Snyder is.

Regardless, I don’t think Matt Campbell and the program are going to let me down and force me into years of embarrassment every time I take my shirt off.

At least I hope they won’t. Please God, don’t let them let me down.

Oh no, I really messed up didn’t I?

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.