No. 22 Cyclones open as seven-point favorites over West Virginia

Dec 5, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State running back Breece Hall (28) rushes during their football game at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday. Iowa State takes a 21-0 lead over West Virginia into halftime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State has returned to the AP Poll for the first time in a month.

The Cyclones came in at No. 22 in the poll released on Sunday following Iowa State’s 24-21 win over previously unbeaten and No. 8 Oklahoma State in Ames. The Cowboys fell to No. 15 in the latest rankings.

Iowa State has also opened as a seven-point favorite for next Saturday’s game in Morgantown against West Virginia. The Mountaineers picked up their first Big 12 win of the year on Saturday with a 29-17 victory over TCU.

The point total for the game opened at 51.5. It will be televised on

Oklahoma and Baylor the only other Big 12 programs in the poll. The Sooners dropped one spot to No. 4 after their 35-23 come-from-behind win over Big 12 bottom-dweller Kansas while No. 16 Baylor had a bye.

Georgia, Cincinnati, Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State make up the top five while Michigan, Oregon, Michigan State, Iowa and Ole Miss round out the top-10.

Jared Stansbury


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