Iowa State appears in the Athlon preseason top 25

Full disclosure: I write for the Athlon preseason college football magazine on the side. However, I do not have any say in the publication’s annual preseason rankings.

Athlon released its top 25 yesterday where Iowa State is tabbed at No. 24. 

For the sake of context, this marks the first time in history that Iowa State has appeared in an Athlon preseason top 25. So this does mean something, if only it being that the national media is finally catching on to what Matt Campbell is doing in Ames.

Other notables from Iowa State schedule and the Big 12:

— Iowa at 18
— Texas at 11
— Oklahoma at 6

Athlon notably has Michigan, Georgia, Alabama and Clemson in the College Football Playoff.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.