Nov 7, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) greets his team at the sideline after they converted the extra point to tie the game at 24 during their football game against Baylor at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State would go on to win 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports
For the 11th time since 2017, Iowa State is in the College Football Playoff committee’s ranking.
The Cyclones are No. 13 in the panel’s initial ranking of the 2020 season, marking the highest spot the program has ever held in the ranking and surpassing the previous high of No. 15. The first ranking of this season comes nearly one year to the day since Iowa State’s last appearance (Nov. 26, 2019).
Iowa State will matchup with Texas on Friday at 11 a.m. on ABC in a game that can clinch the Cyclones’ spot in the Big 12 title game. The Longhorns are No. 17 in the initial rankings.
Oklahoma at No. 11 and Oklahoma State at No. 23 are other Big 12 teams to appear in the rankings.
Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State and West Virginia are the only Big 12 programs to have appeared in the CFP rankings more than Iowa State.