Iowa State jumps to No. 16 in CFP Rankings

Iowa State and Texas will be a battle of College Football Playoff top-20 teams. The Cyclones jumped six spots to No. 16 in the third edition of the College Football Playoff rankings while the Longhorns moved to No. 15.

Iowa State is one of four Big 12 teams in the rankings, joined by Oklahoma at No. 6 and West Virginia at No. 9. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan made up the rankings’ top-four.

Iowa State and Texas will square off Saturday night at 7 p.m. on Longhorn Network.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.