Cyclones slated at No. 22 in second CFP rankings

Nov 3, 2018; Lawrence, KS, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery (32) is tackled by Kansas Jayhawks defensive lineman KeyShaun Simmons (98) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State has jumped up two spots to No. 22 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. The Cyclones were No. 24 in the committee’s initial poll prior to their 27-3 win over Kansas in Lawrence.

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan make up the poll’s top-four spots. The Cyclones are one of four Big 12 teams in the rankings — joining Oklahoma (No. 6), West Virginia (No. 9) and Texas (No. 19).

Iowa State made its final appearance in last year’s second CFP rankings when they came in at No. 21. The Cyclones will take on Baylor this weekend at Jack Trice Stadium in a 2:30 p.m. kick on FS1.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his sixth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.