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Iowa State No. 22 in College Football Playoff poll

Oct 12, 2019; Morgantown, WV, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell attempts to call a timeout during the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

For the third consecutive year, Iowa State has made at least one appearance in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Cyclones entered the poll this week for the first time this season jumping to No. 22 following its 23-21 win over Texas on Saturday in Ames.

Iowa State spent five weeks in the poll in 2018 reaching as high as No. 16 prior to a loss to Texas in mid-November. This week marks the program’s seventh week in college football’s most important ranking as they spent one week in the rankings during the 2017 season.

Three other Big 12 programs appeared in the poll with Oklahoma moving up one spot to No. 9, Baylor dropping one spot to No. 14 and Oklahoma State going up a spot to No. 21. Iowa State will square off with Kansas on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in an 11 a.m. kickoff.

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.