The Cyclones are back in the AP Poll

Iowa State has rejoined the AP Top 25 at No. 23 following its 34-24 win over Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock.

The Cyclones were ranked in the preseason for the first time since 1978. They fell from No. 21 to No. 25 after their triple-overtime win over Northern Iowa in week one then fell completely out of the poll following the team’s loss to Iowa.

This week marks two years since the Cyclones first entered the poll in the Matt Campbell era at No. 25 in week nine of 2017, which also followed a win in Lubbock.

Iowa State has now spent 11 weeks in the AP Top 25 since Campbell took over in 2016. The program was in the poll for 12 weeks total from 2000 to 2015.

The Cyclones will host Oklahoma State next week in Ames.

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.