Things are trending upwards for Iowa State these days.
Just weeks ago, the Cyclones pulled off arguably the greatest upset in program history by knocking off then-No. 3 Oklahoma on the road and thus, matching last season’s win total just five games into 2017. The following week, Iowa State surpassed its previous win total and advanced to 4-2 on the season with a 45-0 blowout victory over Kansas. And just last week, the Cyclones earned their first three-game winning streak since 2012 with a 31-13 road win over Texas Tech and more notably, moved into the top-25 for the first time since 2005 at No. 25.
While a College Football Playoff appearance is essentially out of the picture, CBS Sports latest playoff projection rankings has the Cyclones even higher than their current No. 25 AP poll ranking at No. 22.
“It has been a weird season for the Cyclones, which have seemed to get better once their starting quarterback, Jacob Park, took a leave of absence from the team. Since then, they have won at Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Their losses came at home to Iowa and Texas.”
Better yet, Iowa State could be in for one of its most successful finishes in program history.
Next up, the Cyclones will host No. 4 TCU before a road trip against No. 22 West Virginia and then another home stand against No. 11 Oklahoma State. Although the Cyclones are projected to drop each of those three matchups, per ESPN’s FPI, Iowa State was also expected to fall to Oklahoma and Texas Tech, but pulled off wins on each occasion.
Now with tremendous momentum on its side, can Iowa State pull off the seemingly unthinkable once again on Saturday against a currently College Football Playoff bound TCU team?
If so, it’s safe to expect the Cyclones to make another significant jump in next week’s CBS Sports playoff projection rankings.
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