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 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.