Iowa State ranked No. 21 in preseason AP Top-25

For the first time since 1978, Iowa State is ranked in the preseason AP Top-25.

The poll was released on Monday morning tabbing the Cyclones at No. 21, one spot behind in-state rival Iowa.

You can view the poll in its entirety here.

Oklahoma (4) and Texas (10) are the only other Big 12 teams ranked.

To the surprise of nobody, defending champion Clemson is the top-ranked team in the country with Alabama coming in at No. 2

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.