1. College Football News Preview 2020: Iowa State Cyclones Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
CFN in 60 Video: Iowa State Cyclones Preview
1976 to 1978. That’s the last time the Iowa State football program put together three winning seasons in a row before Matt Campbell was able to do it from 2017 to 2019.
Before that, the last time Iowa State had three straight winning seasons was the last time it went on a run of four or more winning seasons in a row – 1922 to 1927, and the team never won more than four games in any of those seasons.
In other words, there’s a shot that this season will mark the most successful era of Iowa State football in over 100 years – the program rocked in the early 1900s – and it’s going to happen.
There’s a huge problem if QB Brock Purdy gets hurt, and the offensive line has to rise up fast, but the skill parts are terrific and the defense might be the best yet in the five-year Campbell era. Throw in the solid special teams, and it’ll be at least another winning season with a bowl appearance.
Set The Iowa State Cyclones Regular Season Win Total At … 7.5
The Big 12 isn’t going to be all that amazing – there isn’t a game on the slate that isn’t winnable.
Going down the road to Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes will be tough, and the Texas, Oklahoma State, and TCU games are on the road, but four of the first five games are against teams that didn’t go bowling, and Oklahoma and Baylor have to come to Ames.
There are enough possible wins to realistically shoot for a spot in the Big 12 Championship, but assume losses in at least two of the four games against Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and there’s going to be a misfire along the way against at TCU on the road or Kansas State at home.
Expect eight wins in the regular season, but go ahead and hope for a bit more.