Big 12 media tabs Cyclones third in preseason football poll

Oct 27, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Marcel Spears Jr. (42) celebrates with defensive back Brian Peavy (10) after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Red Raiders 40-31. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa State football team’s status keeps trending upward.

Case in point: The results of the Big 12 preseason media poll — which were revealed today.

League scribes picked the Cyclones to finish third, behind Oklahoma and Texas.

And it wasn’t very close in terms of separation from TCU, which was projected to finish fourth.

The Sooners received 68 of a possible 77 first-place votes. The Longhorns received the remaining eight. Coach Matt Campbell’s Cyclones obviously didn’t garner any first-place votes, but did accrue 589 total points — 115 more than the Horned Frogs.

Oklahoma tallied 761 points and Texas totaled 696.



Rob Gray


Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers. He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago. Rob specializes in feature stories for CF.